According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Milwaukee Bucks’ big-man Pau Gasol is done for the season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. After being bought out by the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the season, the veteran singed with the Bucks on March 1st and appeared in three games during the regular season. Gasol has struggled to stay healthy throughout the season, suffering several injuries during the Bucks’ 2018-2019 campaign.
According to several new reports, Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant could potentially return sometime during the Western Conference Finals. One report also noted that the Warriors would evaluate Durant’s situation in about a week.
The superstar suffered a mild calf strain during Golden State’s 104-99 win over the Rockets on Wednesday. According to Dr. Alan Beyer, an orthopedic surgeon and executive medical director at the world-famous Hoag Orthopedic Institute, Durant could return somewhere between Games 5 and 6 in the Western Conference Finals, should the Warriors advance to it. Beyer also noted that it might be possible for Durant to return during Game 4 of the WCF, but cautioned heavily against it.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Chicago Bulls are officially shutting down forward Lauri Markkanen for the season. The team reportedly decided to shut the young star down after he experienced “extreme fatigue” after Tuesday night’s game versus the Toronto Raptors. League sources also reported that Markkanen stayed in Toronto overnight to be evaluated by team doctors and physicians from a local hospital. When asked about Markkanen’s fatigue, Bulls’ HC Jim Boylen told media that the second-year player was “feeling a little sluggish” after several hard practices had caught up with him.
Several days after suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in recent basketball memory, veteran big-man Jusuf Nurkic finally received some good news from doctors on Tuesday.
— BH live (@BHlive_official) March 26, 2019
Doctors officially informed the Portland Trailblazers and Nurkic that no nerve or muscle damage had been sustained during his horrific injury. The Bosnia-native also underwent a successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the compound fractures he suffered on his left leg. In a press statement, the team announced that Nurkic is out indefinitely and is expected to make a full recovery.
Before he suffered his season-ending injury, Nurkic was having a career year, averaging career-highs in almost every category. The 24-year-old 7-footer was averaging 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the 2018-2019 season. The team will likely need big-men like Zach Collins and Enes Kanter to step-up into Nurkic’s role and give the Trailblazers good production down low.
According to multiple reports, Pelicans’ guard Jrue Holiday is done for the season after having surgery performed to repair a core muscle injury. The veteran guard was averaging 21.2 points, 7.7 assists, and 5 rebounds per game before coming down with the injury.
During the second overtime of the Portland Trailblazers’ 144-148 double-overtime win versus the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, veteran big-man Jusuf Nukic suffered what appears to be a season ending leg injury.
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) March 26, 2019
Late Monday night, the Portland Trailblazers told reporters that Nurkic had suffered multiple compound fractures in his lower left leg. The Bosnian-native was jumping for a rebound when he landed awkwardly on several Nets’ players, which caused him to suffer the gruesome injury. Nurkic left the game on a stretcher with the help of several Blazers’ players and was transported to a local hospital.
According to the Golden State Warriors, star big-man Draymond Green will play tonight versus the Charlotte Hornets.
Green’s availability for the game came into question after his name was placed on the roster as “questionable” just a day ago. Coach Kerr confirmed with the media late Monday night that Green would in fact be playing, while teammate Jordan Bell would not due to the flu. While Green will be active for the game, it is still not yet clear if there will be any minute restrictions on his play time.
Injury report for tonight’s game at Charlotte: Draymond Green (left ankle sprain) and Shaun Livingston (left hamstring tightness) are probable. Jordan Bell (flu-like symptoms) and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 25, 2019
According to several reports, Warriors star Draymond Green may not take the court in Charlotte tonight versus the Hornets due to an ankle injury. Green suffered the injury on Saturday night during a loss to the Houston Rockets at home. Reports have been released stating that the injury was nothing more than a regular sprained ankle, but the Warriors will likely take Green’s injury very seriously as he has struggled with injuries this season. Head Coach Steve Kerr also told the media that Draymond participated in a full practice on Sunday. The Warriors will likely be very careful with his his injury as they would rather rest him now and have him be healthy down the stretch as they attempt to hold on to the #1 spot in the west. Green is officially listed as “probable” for tonight’s game versus the Hornets.
According to multiple reports, the Houston Rockets fully expect big-man Clint Capela to be ready to play on Thursday.
Capela missed 15 games this season after suffering ligament damage in his right thumb that required surgery. With Capela returning to the active line-up, Kenneth Faried, who has seemingly rejuvenated his career since signing with the Rockets earlier in the season, will likely be moved into a more reserve type of role with the team. This move will also affect veteran big-man Nene as he will likely be pushed out of the line-up.
Before suffering his injury, Capela was averaging 17.6 points per game, 12.6 total rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.8 blocks. Reports have also surfaced saying Capela practiced with the team at USC in preparation for their upcoming match against the Los Angeles Lakers. Capela’s minutes will be decided Thursday night based upon how he did during the live action practice.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Washington Wizards’ star point guard John Wall underwent a successful surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Doctors expect him to be out of action for 12 months. Wall suffered the ruptured tendon when he slipped and fell in his home.