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March 28, 2015 Updates

Ellis did not return to the game and left AT&T Center on crutches. As usual, he did not speak to media members. No further tests were scheduled, but an update is expected Saturday. “He was kicked or kneed in the right calf,” Carlisle said. “It’s very sore. But we don’t know the extent of it. We’ll see how he feels [Saturday] and go from there.” Dallas Morning News

March 27, 2015 Updates

Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas is experiencing low back pain and tightness and was evaluated at the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute by team doctors today. Motiejunas has been removed from basketball activities for the next one to two weeks and will be reevaluated at that time. NBA.com

There is no timetable for Whiteside's return, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team's center likely would be back for the playoffs. The injury currently is too painful for Whiteside to catch a basketball, according to Spoelstra. Miami Herald

Rockets forward Terrence Jones, showing significant progress in coming back from last week’s partially collapsed lung, on Friday rode a stationary bicycle for the first time since the injury, a person with knowledge of his condition said. If Jones continues to improve as expected, he could be ready to begin on-court workouts when the Rockets return from their road trip next Tuesday. But with the Rockets beginning a stretch of four games in five nights on Sunday, they do not have a practice scheduled until April 4. Jones went out with the injury March 19 when he was hit by Denver’s Kenneth Faried as both chased a loose ball. Jones spent the next two days in the hospital, but has made steady progress since. Houston Chronicle

The Oklahoma City Thunder released the following statement on behalf of Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti regarding Kevin Durant: “As we communicated last week, Kevin was going to use this time to engage in consultation and evaluation regarding the persistent soreness in his right foot at this stage of his rehabilitation. As part of this process, Kevin and Thunder personnel traveled to two additional specialists this past week; Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York City and Dr. James Nunley at Duke University. These in-person consults were designed to further supplement the previous evaluations of Dr. Bob Anderson. Several conference calls and discussions amongst the specialist team concluded that, while the majority of the soreness in Kevin’s foot was related to continued inflammation of the cuboid bone and would subside with rest, the evaluation process also determined that the Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which had shown significant healing previously, was now demonstrating signs of regression. With the focus of this process being aimed entirely on Kevin's long term health and stability, it was the consensus of the specialists team, in addition to a collective decision by Kevin, his representation and the Thunder, that to address the setback of the fracture site, a bone graft procedure would be the most proactive and recommended approach. The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period. While everyone is disappointed that Kevin falls into that group, we are encouraged that the bone graft procedure has historically demonstrated long-term health and stability. NBA.com

Dr. O’Malley will perform the bone graft surgery early next week in New York. He has extensive bone grafting experience amongst athletes and has been consulting on the case throughout. Kevin will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season and is expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months.” NBA.com

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