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Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau ruled Nemanja Bjelica out tonight because of that mid-foot sprain in the same left foot that required surgery last March.
Kyle Ratke: Bjelica out tonight. Teague is questionable.
Jon Krawczynski: No Bjelica tonight
Wolves starting point guard Jeff Teague and backup forward Nemanja Bjelica will miss their second consecutive game each this afternoon against Phoenix at Target Center.
Bjelica’s left mid-foot sprain is the the same foot on which he had surgery last March. Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said the team has consulted with the surgeon who performed Bjelica’s surgery and said he isn’t concerned that the sprain is related or a recurrence.
Jerry Zgoda: Nemanja Bjelica won’t play today, either
Jerry Zgoda: Jeff Teague (right Achilles soreness) and Nemanja Bjelica (left mid-foot sprain) are both questionable for tomorrow’s matinee with the Suns at TC
Darren Wolfson: FWIW, source close to Bjelica: “(It’s) not bad.” Sure Thibs will address it postgame.
Jerry Zgoda: Bjelica out tonight vs Heat because of a left mid-foot sprain
After rehab — and a three-week vacation in his native Serbia — Bjelica has been working out in Minneapolis waiting to get back on the court and regain a feeling that, last year, was so fleeting. “I had a great summer,” he said. “I worked hard, and I’m ready for the season. To be honest with you, I didn’t expect that I would play in the preseason games. And I played in all three. I feel great. I’m ready, I’m 100 percent.”
“He was out for a long time,” Thibodeau said. “But the entire training camp, he hasn’t missed anything. I think the more he plays the better it is for him. I think he’s building chemistry with the second unit, and that’s important. But there is a long way to go.”
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said Bjelica will play some tonight
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs on Bjelly: “He’s moving good in practice.That doesn’t mean he’s ready for a game.He’s close, though.Maybe we’ll get him a few minutes”
Jerry Zgoda: Wolves just completed their 8th camp practice in La Jolla. No Bjelica again today. He’ll rejoin team in Anaheim Saturday at the latest
John Meyer: Bjelica says he’s optimistic about being ready for the start of the season. Also said he didn’t want to leave MPLS. Loved the summer here.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that Nemanja Bjelica underwent successful surgery this afternoon to repair a fractured navicular bone in his left foot. The surgery was performed at Hospital For Special Surgery in New York by Dr. Martin O’Malley in collaboration with Timberwolves Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm of Mayo Clinic. As previously stated, Bjelica will miss the remainder of the season.
Jerry Zgoda: Nemanja Bjelica out for season with foot injury. Story following.
Darren Wolfson: Still awaiting MRI results. Bjelica was on crutches, per @Jerry Zgoda. Told initial thought on Lance is not as bad as last time. #Twolves twitter.com/abussewitz10/s…
Nemanja Bjelica left the locker room after the game wearing a protective boot and on crutches and, according to Thibodeau, will have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) done on his left ankle on Thursday.
Jerry Zgoda: Bjelica injured his ankle in the second quarter and is doubtful to return
Alexander Raskovic: Unfortunately, Nemanja Bjelica will not be able to play with Serbian NT due to injury at 2016 Rio Olympic Games! #Rio2016 #RioOlympics
Darren Wolfson: Told this is a different injury from the foot injury he had in February. Also told it’s minor. #twolves – RT: Alexander Raskovic: Unfortunately, Nemanja Bjelica will not be able to play with Serbian NT due to injury at 2016 Rio Olympic Games! #Rio2016 #RioOlympics
The Serbian national team will have to cope without Nemanja Bjelica in the Olympic Games of Rio. The Minessota Timberwolves forward undergone some detailed recent examinations which showed that he needs at least three more weeks of rehabilitation and work in order to recover from his right foot injury. “I am very attached to the national team and I’m so sorry that I will not be in the team of the Olympic Games in Rio”, stated Bjelica. “For seven years I spent every summer with the national team and it’s now difficult to accept that I won’t be able to help them in such a large even like the Olympic Games.
Nemanja Bjelica is unlikely to play for Serbia in Olympic Qualifying Tournament, as reported by Novosti. The Serbian forward suffered a leg injury and will remain in the USA for several weeks trying to recover from the injury, as requested by the Timberwolves.
Darren Wolfson: Told no minutes restriction for Nemanja Bjelica’s return tonight. Hope that means that we will see plenty of him. #twolves
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December 12, 2017 | 8:53 am EST Update
Whiteside is in the second year of a four-year, $98 million deal and he certainly is not untouchable. But will the Heat actively shop their defensive anchor? That question should be easier to answer as we get closer to the Feb. 8 trade deadline and beyond. As long as the Heat stay in the hunt, Pat Riley will not weaken the team. Making the playoffs is important to Riley and the players. But Riley never stops exploring ways to get better and if Adebayo continues to improve and the Heat believe he and Kelly Olynyk can anchor the middle, than, yes, Whiteside becomes a bit more expendable. But a lot has to happen if the Heat decided to deal Whiteside. First, a team must be willing to take on the remainder of his contract and secondly, that team must have a star that Riley would require if his is trading one of his building blocks.
Sean Cunningham: In speaking with George Hill at his function at Encina Prep HS in Sacramento, I asked him if he’s more at peace in knowing his role with the Kings. His response in the video below. pic.twitter.com/NzkxPCq4H4
SiriusXM NBA Radio: “We’re getting to the point where Billy Donovan has to consider bringing Carmelo Anthony off the bench” … “It is becoming a crisis time for Oklahoma City”. – Frank Isola on the Thunder still searching for answers.
“For the talent that we have, obviously this is not where we want to be,” Thunder forward Paul George said. “But we’re going to remain optimistic, though, about the future and what we can do. Once we can find a way to really do it night in and night out, it’s no panic mode, but we have to start playing better. It’s getting to a point where we can’t allow ourselves to be at this point. We can say we’re going to figure it out, we can say all that. But at some point it’s gotta stop.”