Jessica Camerato: Anderson, Fultz, Stauskas out tonight for Sixers.
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The 76ers are expected to provide an update on Markelle Fultz’s right shoulder on Sunday. The first-overall pick in June’s NBA draft is in Lexington, Ky., this weekend to be reevaluated by surgeon Ben Kibler at the Shoulder Center of Kentucky. Kilber determined that Fultz had scapular muscle imbalance in addition to soreness in his shoulder during his first visit there on Oct. 29. Kilber is expected to reexamine Fultz’s shoulder on Sunday.
The guard previously visited two Major League Baseball doctors who specialize in shoulder injuries. All three doctors confirmed that there’s no structural damage in his shoulder.
Jessica Camerato: Bayless (wrist), Fultz (shoulder), Stauskas (ankle) out tonight. Okafor (upper respiratory) doubtful.
The Sixers have given Fultz assignments during the games. He is tasked with watching numerous elements on the floor from a distance. They hold him accountable outside the arena, too. As a guard in the Sixers’ system, Fultz could be asked to run the floor, which creates an even bigger need to keep up with the schemes. “We challenge him a little bit,” Robert Covington said. “Even though he’s not playing, he still has to see what’s happening. He’s doing a good job. We ask at various times, on the bench, we catch him off guard. He handles them very well. He’s engaged even though he’s not on the court. One thing I can say is even though he’s not playing, he’s still learning a lot.”
Keith Pompey: Nik Stauskas, Jerryd Bayless and Markelle Fultz are out tonight vs. #GoldenStateWarriors.
This series of mysterious events would seem to be even more rare for a player whose talent was worthy of making him the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Yet this is what has happened to the Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz. Quite simply, it’s baffling. “This is not normal,” an Eastern Conference general manager told Bleacher Report. “It’s perplexing.”
“That doesn’t add up at all,” Tim DiFrancesco, the co-founder of TD Athletes Edge who served as the Los Angeles Lakers’ head strength and conditioning coach for six seasons, told B/R. “Lots of players at the NBA level have scapular imbalance or a lack of appropriately conditioned muscles that attach to the shoulder blades, therefore leading to poor scapular mechanics.”
In addition to Colangelo’s suggestion that the altered shooting mechanics may have caused the pain, a league source told B/R that another theory the team is entertaining is that something happened to Fultz between summer league and the start of training camp—or, something new was introduced into Fultz’s offseason training.
Jessica Camerato: Markelle Fultz met with multiple specialists, including two Major League Baseball team doctors. They confirmed no structural damage.
Royce Young: The 76ers say Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely with shoulder soreness and “scapular muscle imbalance.”
Tom Moore: #Sixers Fultz injury update. Out indefinitely & will be re-evaluated in 3 weeks:
Tom Moore: #Sixers Brown on Fultz out indefinitely: ‘I’m glad for him.’
Keith Pompey: #Sixers coach Brett Brown on if he feels @Markelle Fultz was shut down too late:”I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Tom Moore: Brett Brown says he ‘doesn’t remember’ if he was told about Fultz having cortisone shot in right shoulder Oct. 5. #Sixers
Sixers guard Markelle Fultz will miss the next three games because of what the team is calling right shoulder soreness. The first overall pick will be re-evaluated next Tuesday. The teams is hopeful that he’ll return after that.
Sixers president Bryan Colangelo said Fultz does not have any structural damage in the shoulder. Colangelo said the 19-year-old told the team that his shoulder was bothering him around the start of training camp in late September. Fultz received a cortisone shot Oct. 5, one day after finishing with four points on 2-for-13 shooting in a preseason-opening loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
.“I think we have been transparent,” Colangelo said. “I don’t know what prompted the comment by the agent to the report last night. We did have a communication about it after that. But again, there’s a lot of things that go into the noise that’s out there. Again, we are trying to do the best for Markelle and by Markelle to put him in a position to succeed.”
Derek Bodner: Markelle Fultz is out with right shoulder soreness. He will be reevaluated next Tuesday. #sixers
Keith Pompey: To be clear, Markelle Fultz will miss AT LEAST three games before being re-evaluated in a week.
Jessica Camerato: The Sixers are treating and monitoring Markelle Fultz for irritation and discomfort on a daily basis, according to team source.
The agent for Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz changed his explanation Tuesday night on the treatment the No. 1 overall pick has received on his right shoulder, revising his earlier statement that fluid was drained from it during the preseason.
“He had a cortisone shot on Oct. 5, which means fluid was put into his shoulder — not taken out,” agent Raymond Brothers told ESPN on Tuesday night. “My intention earlier was to let people know that he’s been experiencing discomfort. We will continue to work with (Sixers general manager) Bryan Colangelo and the medical staff.”
Cortisone shots are used to relieve pain and inflammation. Sixers officials confirmed to ESPN a treatment took place several weeks ago and Fultz’s inflammation and symptoms have improved. Second opinions also have confirmed the 76ers’ ongoing treatment plan of physiotherapy, team sources said.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the top overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, had fluid drained from his right shoulder and is planning to visit a specialist soon, his agent told ESPN on Tuesday. “Markelle had a shoulder injury and fluid drained out of the back of his shoulder,” agent Raymond Brothers told ESPN. “He literally cannot raise up his arms to shoot the basketball. He decided to try and fight through the pain to help the team. He has a great attitude. We are committed to finding a solution to get Markelle back to 100 percent.”
No decision has been made about possibility of Fultz missing games in the immediate future, league sources said. Fultz had the shoulder drained prior to start of the regular season, which caused him to miss the end of the Sixers’ preseason schedule, Brothers said. “From a basketball perspective, it’s been encouraging to see that Markelle can get any shot he wants during the games, but he has been unable to shoot the ball,” Brothers told ESPN.
76ers coach Brett Brown was asked Monday if he had any concern that playing Markelle Fultz through his right shoulder injury would develop bad shooting habits. “No, I don’t,” Brown said before the game with the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesar’s Arena. “I’m advised mostly by the medical people. That’s what I get worried about the most, and nobody has any fears.”
The 19-year-old also avoids shooting from the outside despite having been a solid three-point shooter in college. “As I said to Markelle, this is not going to define you,” Brown said. “This first season is not going to define you. We are going to focus on all the other things that will define you.”
The Sixers may decide to continue playing Fultz if they feel he’s helping the team and the shoulder doesn’t get worse. Or they could decide to sit him after accepting the fact that the 19-year-old is hindered by the injury and will struggle until the shoulder gets better. As of this weekend, there hasn’t been any consideration given to sitting Fultz. “It’s not to the point where it’s affecting other parts of his game,” coach Brett Brown said.
Fultz tried to downplay his lack of three-point attempts earlier this month. “If I’m open from three, I’m going to shoot it,” Fultz said on Oct. 9. “If I got the mid-range, I’m going to pull it. So whatever play is right for me, I’m going to go do it.”
The Sixers front office is typically as transparent as a politician, but head coach Brett Brown is straightforward. At the start of Sixers training camp, when Fultz first showed off some wack shooting mechanics, he said he was just messing around, but Brown openly admitted he’d like to see Fultz get “back on track” by reverting to his old shooting form. Now, Brown has acknowledged the injury, too. “I think [his shoulder] is affecting him more than he lets on. You can tell with his free throw, trying to get that ball up. It’s far out from his body. He’s been working on trying to get that thing rehabilitated,” Brown said. “And the lack of the quantity of his 3-point shooting may be a sign that it’s hurting a little more than he’s letting on.”
His shooting mechanics during the game made it obvious that the 76ers point guard was still dealing with the soreness that had forced him to sit out Friday night’s game vs. the Celtics. However, he downplayed the injury after Monday’s setback. Fultz said that it was something he has to play through and that the team was making great strides every day to get it better. “I wouldn’t say it’s making any effects on the floor, because I’m playing through stuff like that,” he said. “Every day I come in, we just talk to the trainers and do stuff for it and just get better.”
“I think his shoulder is affecting him more than he lets on,” coach Brett Brown said. “You can tell with his free throw, you know, trying to get that ball up. Its follow from his body. “But he’s been working on just trying to get that thing rehabilitated.”
Sarah Todd: Markelle Fultz practiced in full and is probable for tomorrow against Boston. #Sixers
Keith Pompey: #Sixers guard @Markelle Fultz (right shoulder soreness) is listed as out for tonight’s game vs. #Celtics.
Keith Pompey: Fultz missed practice with right shoulder soreness.
Markelle Fultz used the “p” word again Saturday — as in “playoffs.” “I think we’re going to get back to the playoffs this year,” Fultz said. Fultz also said Saturday that he’s “100 percent” in the wake of suffering a lateral left ankle sprain in the Sixers’ July 8 NBA Summer League opener in Las Vegas.
“Rehab’s going real great,” the rookie said. “Everybody knows I sprained my ankle, but my ankle’s a lot better thanks to the training staff. I give big props to them, one of the best in the business. … I’ve been working out. I’ve been jumping, shooting, everything like that, so I’m real healthy, so I’m happy.”
Jessica Camerato: Fultz: “I’m walking around. Feel great.”
No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will miss the rest of the NBA summer league because of a sprained left ankle. The Philadelphia 76ers say Fultz is expected to return to basketball activities in one to two weeks. Fultz tweeted Sunday : “I’m ok, thank you for all who where worried!”
Derek Bodner: #sixers announce x-rays on Fultz’s ankle negative, he suffered a lateral ankle sprain, and will resume normal bball activities in 1-2 weeks.
Marc J. Spears: Update on @Ramona Shelburne report, source says Fultz downgraded to regular left ankle sprain & is walking fine now. Likely done in Vegas SL. twitter.com/ramonashelburn…
Philadelphia 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz will not play for the rest of the summer league due to an ankle sprain suffered on Saturday in Las Vegas, a source told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears. Fultz was helped off the court after rolling his left ankle in a game against the Golden State Warriors. A source told ESPN Saturday that he suffered a high ankle sprain, but another source told Spears on Sunday that Fultz was well enough to walk around and the injury is not as serious as initially thought.
Markelle Fultz: I’m ok, thank you for all who where worried! 🙏🏼#F2G #TTP
Ohm Youngmisuk: Sixers are calling Markelle Fultz’s injury as a left ankle sprain. No word on his status for the rest of summer league but you’d have to assume the Sixers will play it safe with their first overall pick.
Joel Embiid: Oh no no no.. don’t do this to us
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After voicing his displeasure, Lillard was well aware his criticism would draw the ire of the league office and perhaps result in a fine. But he didn’t seem to care. When his postgame interview was over, he turned to CJ McCollum at the locker next to him and offered the following: “Go ahead and fine me,” he said. “I’ve got the check ready to go.”
Lillard scored 30 points, making 11 of 27 field goals, in the defeat. But despite his high volume of field goals, he attempted only three free throws, a fact that left him incredulous as he left Wells Fargo Center. “I got to the rim a lot,” Lillard said. “And I’m getting smacked in my head, smacked on my shooting hand when I’m going to the basket. Guys (are) knocking me to the ground every other play. Like hard. And (officials) know I’m trying to score. It’s impossible for me to shoot two or three free throws. It’s impossible. As much as I got to the rim and as much as they know that I’m trying to score, it’s impossible for me to get the (crap) beat out of me as often as I do.”
When asked if he felt he had earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt from officials at this stage of his career, Lillard scoffed. He said a foul is a foul, no matter who you are, and he simply wants officials to do their jobs. “I don’t want to look at it like, I’m this person or I’m that (so) you’re supposed to call these fouls,” he said. “I think a foul is a foul. I know it’s tough. They’ve got a tough job, man. But I’m not one of these guys out here trying to sell them on every call … I’m playing to score the ball. I ain’t trying to be out here hitting the ground every other play, because that’s not what I’m going out here trying to do. I’m not going to be falling out the air to get two free throws and hitting the ground the way I’m hitting the ground. I’m getting hit. I don’t want to keep doing it.”
The Sixers (10-7) scored the game’s first 16 points en route to their 101-81 decision Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. The Blazers (10-8) posted season lows in total points and field-goal percentage (33.7). The Sixers allowed their lowest point total this season. “I thought our offense was a C-minus,” Brown said. “I thought our defense was an A, and we are looking for two As.” But he’s still going to cherish this victory. “I thought at times our offense was sloppy,” Brown said. “But we beat the fourth-best team in the West by 20 points. I’m greedy, but I ain’t stupid.”
Westbrook led the Thunder with 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Durant finished with 21 points and five rebounds. First, Durant and Westbrook appeared to exchange some words during the second quarter of OKC and Golden State’s first meeting of this season. After Westbrook forced a turnover, he was shown on the broadcast saying something as Durant walked away and laughed. Per reporters at the game, the Thunder guard made KD laugh by shouting or shaking his head “No” at the crowd.
Late in the second quarter, Westbrook denied a post entry into Durant and the ball sailed out of bounds. Westbrook turned to the Warriors’ bench and yelled, “No!” Durant pointed at Westbrook while just smiling. Westbrook was then fouled on the other end by Draymond Green. Green didn’t like the call, and he began clapping in the vicinity of Westbrook, and the reigning MVP began clapping back at him. The two had a few words before Westbrook went to the foul line to take his shots.
Halfway in, Westbrook was guarding Durant on the right wing and he almost stole the ball, slapping it out of bounds. The two began jawing at one another and inching closer. Soon, they were forehead to forehead, talking trash. Durant was seen saying, “You’re a p—y.” Westbrook responded, “You’re soft.”