Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA has awarded the Utah Jazz a $2.62M disabled player exception for @Thabo Sefolosha, league sources tell ESPN.
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Utah Jazz PR: Thabo Sefolosha Injury Update
Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha will have surgery on his right knee Wednesday. The defensive specialist has decided to repair an avulsion of the medial collateral ligament after suffering the injury against the Hornets on Jan. 12. He was originally diagnosed with a knee sprain. The team did not give a timeline for his return, but there are fears it could be a long absence.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz have filed for an injury hardship waiver in the wake of losing Thabo Sefolosha for the season, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune. They expect to hear back from the league in the next few days
David Aldridge: Source confirms season-ending knee surgery for Thabo Sefolosha is likely (@Shams Charania first), but final decision to be made next week. Would be tough blow for Jazz; Sefolosha was shooting 49 from the floor and 38 from three this season. Injured knee vs. Charlotte on Friday.
Tony Jones: Source: while surgery is on the table for Thabo Sefolosha, he and his camp are still gathering opinions. Final decision in the coming days
Bobby Marks: Timing based on a Jan.15 deadline will be a difficult for Utah to file a Disabled Player Exception for Thabo Sefolosha. Getting the medical paperwork lined up and approval by a NBA designated physician presents a challenge.
Shams Charania: Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on an MCL injury in his right knee, league sources say.
Marc Stein: Preliminary estimates on Utah’s Thabo Sefolosha are that he will miss at least six months, league sources say
Kyle Goon: Quin Snyder said he was “surprised” that Thabo Sefolosha was subbed out by referee Ben Taylor yesterday, but ultimately glad that the officials are looking out for player welfare. As for Sefolosha tonight, says if he passes league protocol, he will play.
David Locke: Update: Raul Neto (right foot soreness) is OUT. Thabo Sefolosha is available to play.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha is available tonight. He didn’t play last night with right knee soreness.
Tony Jones: Thabo Sefolosha has been ruled out tonight
Chris Vivlamore: Thabo Sefolosha will be active for Hawks tonight, won’t start. DeAndre Bembry and Ryan Kelly are inactives
Chris Vivlamore: Thabo Sefolosha told me he is “getting close” to a return from a right groin strain.
Rick Noland: Bazemore (knee), Millsap (knee), Sefolosha (groin) out for Hawks; Hardaway (wrist, knee), Schroder (foot) doubtful. TT out for Cavs
Atlanta small forward Thabo Sefolosha is not yet ready to return from his right groin strain. The Hawks say Sefolosha will miss his sixth straight game in Thursday night’s home game against Boston.
Chris Vivlamore: All indications still point to Kent Bazemore return tomorrow. Thabo Sefolosha will travel but doesn’t sound like he’s close.
Kris Willis: Hawks upgrade Thabo Sefolosha to “questionable for tomorrow’s game in Portland
Thabo Sefolosha will miss his sixth straight game with a left groin injury but the Hawks remain hopeful the starting forward will return before the All-Star break next week.
Kris Willis: Hawks list Mike Dunleavy (knee) as probable. Thabo Sefolosha (groin) as questionable and Tiago Splitter as out in updated injury report
Manny Navarro: Thabo Sefelosha out for the #Hawks tonight
It appears Thabo Sefolosha could make his exhibition debut on Wednesday, according to coach Mike Budenholzer. Sefolosha missed all last week, which included the Hawks’ first two exhibition games, while in New York for the trial that ended with his acquittal on three misdemeanor charges. The Hawks play the Spurs at Philips Arena Wednesday. “We’ll see how these next couple of days go but I’d say I am, we are, hopeful that he’ll at least be able to play a few minutes on Wednesday.”
Now he wants to get back to playing basketball with the Hawks. Sefolosha hasn’t fully recovered from the injuries apparently suffered when a police officer kicked his right leg. He has been cleared for all basketball activities and has participated in training camp before leaving this week for the trial. He hopes to be ready when the Hawks season opens later this month. “I hope I still have a long career,” he said.
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March 24, 2018 | 5:26 am EDT Update
Think about it. It’s fair to wonder if the Jazz even wanted to win. Put yourself in Dennis Lindsey’s shoes. The Jazz GM has a solid team, a frontline center and an exciting rookie to build around. But he needs another star. The top of the draft looks chock full of them. So maybe, with your team stinking up the joint in January, you sit Gobert a few more weeks and join the race to the bottom. Earlier this week, I asked Jazz coach Quin Snyder if he ever had those conversations. “Never,” Snyder said. “That’s just not how we do things. There was never any kind of suggestion of that. In the larger picture, we’re finding out who we are. This experience right now, having to compete for a spot, there is value in that. Things might happen — you can’t take anything for granted. The result ultimately isn’t the only reflection of where you are. The goal for me is to continue to improve. Not X wins, or how many in a row, but how can we keep getting better. It’s how we started the beginning of the year. It’s how we are now. We aren’t overthinking it.”
“He pays attention to every detail,” Mitchell told Yahoo Sports. “Every little thing. Even at shootaround, if we’re walking through a play, if you’re standing in the wrong spot, he’ll yell at you, he’ll let you know so you are always locked in. That plays a part in development. When you are locked in all the time, you form habits.”
Tom Orsborn: Manu on winning six straight: “Unexpected to tell you the truth. Not that we aren’t optimistic,. But we were a little demoralized, a little down…But we can’t be satisfied. We have to go on the road and keep improving.”
“One thing when you’ve got a bunch of young guys is they don’t understand what it takes to survive in this league,” Bickerstaff said. “If you want to make it there’s a matter of bounce-back, a matter of pride, a matter of mental toughness that you have to show on every given night and every opportunity you get. What happened tonight… there’s no defending the way we played.
Bickerstaff nor Gasol were in the locker room when it opened for media after the game. Perhaps that was a good thing because several Grizzlies players didn’t appear to take the loss hard given the amount of laughter and joking between them.
Curry was not made available to reporters postgame. He wasn’t anywhere in sight once the locker room opened. After his first two ankle injuries, he talked to reporters. After all three that happened in-game this season, he was in the locker room, which gave an early sense of how he was feeling and moving, a peek at Stage 1 of the treatment. But this injury is different, it’s likely more severe and, for the first time during this recent rash of freak accidents to all their main guys, the return timeline is threatening to bleed into the postseason.