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Jefferson hurts ankle

News: The Deseret News reports that late in Wednesday’s game against Atlanta, Jazz center Al Jefferson sprained his left ankle after rolling it on Derrick Favors’ foot. Jefferson is considered day to day, and the Jazz next game is Friday against Charlotte. Prior to getting hurt against the Hawks, Jefferson had 26 points and 11 […]

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Irving could play Friday

 News: The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving could return Friday. Irving missed his second consecutive game Wednesday because of a sore and hyperextended right knee suffered last week in a practice collision with a teammate. An MRI Monday in Chicago did not reveal any significant damage, a Cavaliers spokesman said. Coach […]

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Pekovic expected to play

News: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Minnesota starting center Nikola Pekovic received IV treatments after Tuesday’s overtime game because he played ill, coach Rick Adelman said. He is expected to play Thursday at the Lakers. “I didn’t know if he was going to play at the start, but he got through it,” Adelman said. Analysis: It’s […]

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Kirilenko ‘out for a while’

News: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Minnesota forward Andrei Kirilenko, who suffered a strained calf Tuesday at Phoenix, will not play in Thursday night’s game at the Lakers and made no predictions about when he might be back. “So frustrating when you got something like this again,” he said. “If we would be in Russia, […]

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Durant on triple-double tear

News: Thunder forward Kevin Durant notched his third career triple-double during Wednesday’s blowout win over the Hornets. Durant finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the 119-74 blowout win on 5 of 8 shooting from the field. He notched an assist on five straight possessions in the third quarter and was pulled with […]

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Drummond not close to return

News: The Detroit Free-Press reports that it’s nearly four weeks since Pistons center Andre Drummond’s initial prognosis of needing four to six weeks to recover from a lower-back stress fracture, though it appears he’s not likely to return soon. Coach Lawrence Frank said Drummond is unable to do any conditioning. “Obviously, we’re going to proceed […]

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Lee suspended against Knicks

News: Golden State power forward David Lee has been suspended one game — Wednesday at New York — for his part in the fight with Indiana on Tuesday, reports the USA Today. Lee will be eligible to return Friday at Boston. Analysis: Lee got tangled up with Hibbert while fighting for a rebound, as a […]

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Rose still ‘far away’ from debut

News: As Bulls guard Derrick Rose continues to increase his activity in practice during his extensive rehab from a torn ACL, the days before his long-awaited season debut have yet to decrease. Rose, who suffered the devastating knee injury late last April, has stressed he will not return until he is completely healthy. “I don’t […]

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Clark headed for MRI on foot

News: Lakers forward Earl Clark missed the team’s shootaround Tuesday and will undergo an MRI on his sore right foot, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Clark, the latest Lakers player to be sidelined with an injury, is considered questionable for Tuesday’s game at Phoenix. Analysis: Clark reported no problems with his foot after logging […]

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Harden moves toward playing

News: Houston guard James Harden (knee) participated in the morning shootaround, boosting his chances of playing in Tuesday’s contest at Golden State, the team’s official website reports. Harden was unable to practice Monday because of a sore left knee, but Rockets coach Kevin McHale was optimistic Harden would suit up against the Warriors. The 23-year-old also […]

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