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Tue Apr 2018:57Nets: Harden out indefinitely after hamstring setbackJames HardenSGNetsFree Agent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Harden has had a setback with his hamstring injury and will be sidelined “indefinitely,” the club announced on Tuesday evening. “Back to square one," Nets coach Steve Nash. “We'll rehabilitate him and get him back whenever we can. Who knows when that'll be, but we'll support James and we'll support our performance team in getting him back in his best condition as possible, and hopefully that comes sooner than later. But there's no guarantee. So, we just keep chipping away. We keep moving forward and we hope for a speedy recovery.” Harden, who was acquired by Brooklyn in January in a trade with Houston, is averaging 25.2 points 10.9 assists and eight rebounds per game. He has not played since April 5 and was ruled out for a seventh straight game on Tuesday night in New Orleans. Nash said he was at the workout when Harden sensed trouble. “He just felt it. He didn't fall or stumble or anything out of the ordinary," Nash said. "He just felt something maybe in the ballpark of a strain, just a setback. “Not much more to it other than just disappointment and we have to rebuild and get him going again,” Nash added. ”He'll be back when he's back. That might not be until the playoffs. It might be sooner. I don't know, and we have no control over that, other than working as hard as we can to support him and get him back to full health." ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 2014:57On Basketball: Stephen Curry shooting his way into historyStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Never. That’s the last time the NBA saw a shooting stretch like the one Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has assembled over the past few weeks. It’s been 45 years since the last instance of an NBA MVP being selected from a team that wasn’t at least 10 games over the .500 mark, but Curry has shot his way into serious consideration. He’s averaging 31.4 points on 49% shooting this season; the only other season in which he averaged more than 30 points was 2015-16, when he averaged 30.1 on 50% shooting — and was the unanimous MVP. Those Warriors were 73-9. These Warriors are 29-29. That’s the big difference, the biggest reason why Curry isn’t even more prevalent in the MVP talks. “He’s never played any better, that’s for sure,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s been incredible to watch.” Bob Pettit and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players to win MVP awards on teams that had winning percentages below .560. The award typically goes to the best pla... [More]
Tue Apr 2011:47Denver Nuggets sign veteran Austin Rivers to 10-day contractMonte MorrisPGNuggetsFree Agent
Jamal MurrayPGNuggetsFree Agent
Austin RiversPGNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets bolstered their injury-depleted backcourt by signing veteran guard Austin Rivers to a 10-day contract Tuesday. Rivers is expected to be available when the Nuggets visit Portland on Wednesday night. He brings size and shooting to Denver's backcourt, along with plenty of playoff experience — 45 games with the Clippers and Rockets. He is eligible for Denver's playoff roster because he wasn't on an NBA roster after April 9. Rivers appeared in 21 games this season with the New York Knicks before being traded and then waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nuggets lost star Jamal Murray to a torn left ACL last week and Monte Morris injured his left hamstring Friday night, just two weeks after returning from a left thigh injury that sidelined him for 11 games. Coach Michael Malone said before Denver's double-overtime win over Memphis on Monday night that Morris will miss multiple games. Rivers, 28, is a nine-year NBA veteran who has career averages of 9... [More]
Mon Apr 1921:27Rockets say Sterling Brown was attacked, injured in MiamiSterling BrownSGRocketsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — The Houston Rockets say that guard Sterling Brown was assaulted by unknown individuals after the team arrived in Miami late Sunday night, suffering cuts to his face. Brown was not playing Monday against the Heat, though the team said that was because of a recent knee injury that has kept him out for a total of five games and not the altercation. “Last night, Sterling Brown was the victim of an assault,” the Rockets announced in a statement issued Monday evening. “He had no prior knowledge of or interaction with the assailants. He suffered facial lacerations but will make a full recovery.” The team did not divulge any other details. It was not immediately known if any incident reports were filed with police. The NBA said it was gathering information on the incident and was hopeful that Brown makes a full recovery. Brown sued officials in Milwaukee after getting taken to the ground, shocked with a Taser and arrested during an encounter surrounding a parking violati... [More]
Mon Apr 1920:57LaMelo Ball nearing return to action for the HornetsLaMelo BallPGHornetsFree Agent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has been cleared to return to individual basketball activity by doctors after having a cast removed from his right wrist. It's unclear at this point when he'll be ready to play in a game. Ball sustained a fractured right wrist during the Hornets’ March 20 game against the Los Angeles Clippers and has not played since. Ball underwent further evaluation on his wrist Monday by Dr. Michelle Carlson of The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The cast was removed and a CT scan confirmed the wrist has healed. Ball, the No. 3 overall selection in last year's NBA draft, was among the leading candidates for Rookie of the Year honors prior to the injury. He won Eastern Conference rookie of the month three times and is averaging 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.59 steals in 41 contests. Ball currently ranks first in assists and steals among rookies, second in scoring and is tied for second in rebounds. Since he was promoted to the starting lineup on Feb. 1, Ball is averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 21 starts while shooting 46.4% from the field and 42.6% from 3-point range. The Hornets entered Monday night in eighth place in the Eastern Conference at 28-28 with 16 remaining the season.
Mon Apr 1918:27Nets' Durant ruled out for Tuesday with thigh contusionJames HardenSGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn forward Kevin Durant will not play Tuesday when the Nets visit the New Orleans Pelicans because of a left thigh contusion. It will be Durant's 34th missed game this season. He has appeared in 24, the latest of those being Sunday in Miami. He had to leave that game after four minutes because of the thigh issue, and Brooklyn went on to lose 109-107. Brooklyn has also ruled out James Harden again because of his right hamstring injury. Durant has missed 24 games because of a left hamstring injury, six others in accordance with the league’s health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus and three more for injury management. Durant is averaging 27.3 points this season. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Apr 1917:07Clippers sign G Yogi Ferrell to 10-day contractMalik FittsPFClippersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day contract. He averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games with Cleveland this season. He also played 14 games for the Salt Lake City Stars of the G League. Ferrell has also played for Brooklyn, Dallas and Sacramento during his NBA career, averaging 7.8 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds. The Clippers earlier signed forward Malik Fitts to a 10-day deal after he played for their G League entry in nearby Ontario. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Apr 1916:27Thibodeau's ways working - and winning - with surging KnicksTaj GibsonCKnicksFree Agent
Julius RandlePFKnicksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — A smile crept across Tom Thibodeau’s face. A coach who has said he’s never happy couldn’t hide that he was. New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy had called Thibodeau’s New York Knicks a throwback to the 1990s version, a rough and tough team hated by opponents and beloved by its fans. Thibodeau was an assistant then to Van Gundy's brother, Jeff, during the last sustained success the franchise enjoyed. “It was a great period for the Knicks,” Thibodeau said. “I think that that period is long gone, but when you look at it, the same things go into winning.” For the first time in years, that’s just what the Knicks are doing. With Julius Randle carrying a team built on defense in an era when offenses rule, the Knicks have surged into the Eastern Conference playoff race after six consecutive wins, their longest streak in seven years. At 31-27, they began the week sixth in the East but only a half-game out of fourth place. That put them not only in good shape to ... [More]
Mon Apr 1914:07Thibodeau's ways working - and winning - with surging KnicksTaj GibsonCKnicksFree Agent
Julius RandlePFKnicksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — A smile crept across Tom Thibodeau’s face. A coach who has said he’s never happy couldn’t hide that he was. New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy had called Thibodeau’s New York Knicks a throwback to the 1990s version, a rough and tough team hated by opponents and beloved by its fans. Thibodeau was an assistant then to Van Gundy's brother, Jeff, during the last sustained success the franchise enjoyed. “It was a great period for the Knicks,” Thibodeau said. “I think that that period is long gone, but when you look at it, the same things go into winning.” For the first time in years, that’s just what the Knicks are doing. With Julius Randle carrying a team built on defense in an era when offenses rule, the Knicks have surged into the Eastern Conference playoff race after six consecutive wins, their longest streak in seven years. At 31-27, they began the week sixth in the East but only a half-game out of fourth place. That put them not only in good shape to ... [More]
Sun Apr 1819:37Kevin Durant leaves Nets' game in Miami with thigh injuryJames HardenSGNetsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Kevin Durant's thigh is the new big concern for the Brooklyn Nets. Durant was forced to leave the Nets' game in Miami on Sunday early in the first quarter with a bruised left thigh, and Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said it'll likely be Monday at the earliest before the team knows whether it will keep the two-time NBA Finals MVP out of more games. “We'll see how he wakes up and go from there," Nash said. “But right now, nothing's been determined." Durant exited with 7:57 to go in the opening quarter. He scored Brooklyn's first eight points of the game before coming out, and the team quickly announced he would not return because of what was being called a contusion. “I imagine they're going to assess him in the morning and see if a scan is necessary or not," Nash said. Durant has missed 33 games this season, with 24 of those related to a left hamstring injury. He missed six others in accordance with the league's health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus and... [More]
Sun Apr 1816:47Kevin Durant leaves Nets' game in Miami with thigh injuryJimmy ButlerSFHeatFree Agent
James HardenSGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Brooklyn's Kevin Durant was forced to leave the Nets' game in Miami on Sunday early in the first quarter with a left thigh injury. Durant exited with 7:57 to go in the opening quarter. He scored Brooklyn's first eight points of the game before coming out, and the team quickly announced he would not return because of what was being called a contusion. Durant has missed 33 games this season, with 24 of those related to a left hamstring injury. He missed six others in accordance with the league's health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus and three more for injury management. He appeared to be injured on a drive just 1:33 into the contest and missed both free throws — only the second time this season that he went 0 for 2 on a trip to the foul line. He remained in the game for about 2 1/2 more minutes before leaving for further evaluation and ultimately the diagnosis that would keep him out for the remainder of the game. The Nets were also without James Harden while he works his way back from a hamstring issue. Miami was playing Sunday without Jimmy Butler, sidelined with an ankle sprain. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Apr 1816:17Kevin Durant leaves Nets' game in Miami with thigh injuryJimmy ButlerSFHeatFree Agent
James HardenSGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Brooklyn's Kevin Durant was forced to leave the Nets' game in Miami on Sunday early in the first quarter with a left thigh injury. Durant left with 7:57 to go in the opening quarter. He scored Brooklyn's first eight points of the game before coming out, and the team quickly said he would not return because of what was being called a contusion. Durant has missed 33 games this season, with 24 of those related to a left hamstring injury. He missed six others in accordance with the league's health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus and three more for injury management. He appeared to be injured on a drive just 1:33 into the contest and missed both free throws — only the second time this season that he went 0 for 2 on a trip to the foul line. He remained in the game for about 2 1/2 more minutes before leaving for further evaluation and ultimately the diagnosis that would keep him out the remainder of the game. The Nets were also without James Harden while he works his way back from a hamstring issue. Miami was playing Sunday without Jimmy Butler, sidelined with an ankle sprain. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Apr 1813:27NBA fines Spurs for violating resting rules in game they wonDeMar DeRozanSFSpursFree Agent
Jakob PoeltlCSpursFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined the San Antonio Spurs $25,000 on Sunday for violating the league's player resting policy — in a game the Spurs won by 26 points. The Spurs sat DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills and Jakob Poeltl to give them rest on Saturday night in Phoenix. It didn't matter, as six Spurs players scored in double figures in a 111-85 rout of the Suns. According to the league's resting policy, teams should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game. When they do rest healthy players, it is supposed to be in home games. Under Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have long rested players even when they are healthy, one of the reasons the league first implemented a resting policy in 2017. Teams can be fined $100,000 for violating it. ___ More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Apr 1711:16Butler calls struggling Heat 'soft,' urges 'bully ball'Jimmy ButlerSFHeatFree Agent
Victor OladipoSGHeatFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat are losing, and their highest-paid player isn’t happy. Jimmy Butler labeled the reigning Eastern Conference champions as “soft” after a loss in Minnesota on Friday night, Miami’s third straight defeat and one that dropped the Heat to 28-28 with 16 games left in the regular season. It was Miami’s 10th loss in its last 16 games. “It’s not frustrating because we do it so often,” Butler said. “It’s almost like it’s expected, in a bad way to put it. We just think we’re such a good team, and then reality hits us, we’re humbled. And I’m glad because that’s what this game does for you. Home, away, no matter what opponent you’re playing against, you just stroll into the game thinking you’re nice, you’re good, this is what happens. “I’m glad it happened to us,” he added. “And if we don’t fix it, I hope it continues to happen to us.” Minnesota entered Friday with the NBA’s worst record. The 119-111 win allowed the Tim... [More]
Fri Apr 1620:06Blazers' Lillard out against Spurs due to hamstring injuryDerrick JonesSFTrailblazersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Portland point guard Damian Lillard will not play against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night due to a strained right hamstring. Lillard began experiencing discomfort in his hamstring during practice Thursday and it did not improve Friday. Portland coach Terry Stotts said Lillard is sitting as a precaution but was unsure if the six-time All-Star would be available for Sunday’s game at Charlotte. Lillard is averaging 28.7 points and 7.7 assists in 52 games. He has missed only two games this season, including the Trail Blazers’ victory over the Orlando Magic on March 26 after banging knees with Dallas’ Josh Richardson in a previous game. Derrick Jones Jr. will start in Lillard’s place against San Antonio as Portland attempts to snap a two-game losing streak.
Fri Apr 1617:36Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell sprains right ankle vs PacersDonovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell exited during the third quarter of an NBA game between the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers on Friday afternoon after suffering a sprained right ankle. The Jazz announced he would not return. Mitchell was helped off the court with the assistance of teammates with 8:18 left in the third quarter after severely turning his ankle. The Jazz guard could not put any weight on his right leg. Mitchell scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting in 21 minutes before leaving the game. Mitchell scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting in 21 minutes before leaving. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Apr 1617:06Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell injures right leg vs PacersDonovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell exited during the third quarter of an NBA game between the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers on Friday afternoon after suffering a lower leg injury. Mitchell was helped off the court with the assistance of teammates with 8:18 left in the third quarter after severely turning his right ankle. The Jazz guard could not put any weight on his right leg. Mitchell scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting in 21 minutes before leaving the game. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Apr 1615:56Dwyane Wade joins Utah Jazz ownership groupDwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dwyane Wade is an NBA owner. The Utah Jazz announced Friday that the 13-time NBA All-Star will join the youngest ownership group in the league. The group is headed by technology entrepreneur Ryan Smith, who along with his wife, Ashley, acquired majority interest in the Jazz in late 2020. Wade and Smith have known each other for several years and had discussed working with each other in various capacities. “Dwyane is not only a basketball legend, he is also a great leader, businessman, and human being,” Smith said in a statement. ”As we continue to build on the incredible legacy of the Utah Jazz franchise, we are excited to add Dwyane’s experience and expertise to the equation. Utah is an amazing place and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the future of the franchise and the future of this state. Dwyane’s influence will be important to both.” Wade played 16 NBA seasons with Miami, Chicago and Cleveland before retiring after the 2018-19 season. He wo... [More]
Fri Apr 1613:56Dwyane Wade joins Utah Jazz ownership groupDwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dwyane Wade is an NBA owner. The Utah Jazz announced Friday that the 13-time NBA All-Star will join the youngest ownership group in the league. The group is headed by technology entrepreneur Ryan Smith, who along with his wife, Ashley, acquired majority interest in the Jazz in late 2020. Wade and Smith have known each other for several years and had discussed working with each other in various capacities. “Dwyane is not only a basketball legend, he is also a great leader, businessman, and human being,” Smith said in a statement. ”As we continue to build on the incredible legacy of the Utah Jazz franchise, we are excited to add Dwyane’s experience and expertise to the equation. Utah is an amazing place and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the future of the franchise and the future of this state. Dwyane’s influence will be important to both.” Wade played 16 NBA seasons with Miami, Chicago and Cleveland before retiring after the 2018-19 season. He wo... [More]
Fri Apr 1613:26Dwyane Wade joins Utah Jazz ownership groupDwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dwyane Wade is an NBA owner. The Utah Jazz announced Friday that the 13-time NBA All-Star will join the youngest ownership group in the league. The group is headed by technology entrepreneur Ryan Smith, who along with his wife, Ashley, acquired majority interest in the Jazz in late 2020. Wade and Smith have known each other for several years and had discussed working with each other in various capacities. “Dwyane is not only a basketball legend, he is also a great leader, businessman, and human being,” Smith said in a statement. ”As we continue to build on the incredible legacy of the Utah Jazz franchise, we are excited to add Dwyane’s experience and expertise to the equation. Utah is an amazing place and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the future of the franchise and the future of this state. Dwyane’s influence will be important to both.” Wade played 16 NBA seasons with Miami, Chicago and Cleveland before retiring after the 2018-19 season. He wo... [More]
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