HoopsHype Injuries rumors

November 1, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose, who injured his left ankle in the second quarter after a stellar start to his night, eventually was pulled in the third when he felt as if the injury limited him. “Right now, I’m feeling good,’’ Rose said after the loss dropped the Bulls to 1-1. “My ankle is throbbing a little bit, but [I’m] just playing basketball. “Go to Minnesota, try and give it a go [Saturday]. If not, we still have [79 games]. I guess it’s part of the process. I guess the gods are testing me. It’s fine. I’ll get through it.’’ Rose said X-rays were negative. Chicago Sun-Times

As you can imagine, the last thing anyone wants to see is Rose getting hurt again. Late in the second quarter of the Bulls’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Derrick Rose landed funny, rolled his ankle, and pulled up hobbling. You could actually hear everyone saying “Nooooooooo.” For The Win

October 31, 2014 Updates

According to general manager Sam Presti, Russell Westbrook underwent further evaluation by outside consultants on his fractured right hand Friday and the process will continue Saturday. Westbrook remains without an official timetable as the team weighs the possibility of a procedure to repair his hand. "At this stage, surgery is a consideration for this particular injury," Presti told ESPN.com. "If there were to be a procedure, we would provide a time frame at that point." ESPN.com

The Thunder are considering applying for a league hardship exception, which would allow them to sign an additional player to the roster because at least four players are out with injuries for a minimum of two weeks. Currently, Durant, Jerrett, McGary and Morrow all qualify. With Westbrook now likely ruled out, the Thunder then could apply for an additional hardship exception. In order to qualify, an independent physician with the NBA has to render a judgment on the return to play and how those players' returns would fit into the period of time the team would need the exception. "We're certainly looking into it," Presti said. "But by the same token, we have to asses not only the needs on the roster, but when the players would return and how to best maximize the group that we have and our ability to get our players back healthy." Teams can't apply for an exception until the players miss at least three games, meaning the Thunder can't make their application until after Saturday's home opener against the Denver Nuggets. Once Westbrook misses three games, the Thunder then could apply for a second exception following their game against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 4. ESPN.com

Depending on the diagnosis that is expected to be more clear on Friday, the Thunder's championship hopes may have gone out the door with him. It's unclear if the injury, which Thunder coach Scott Brooks called a small fracture of the second metacarpal, will require surgery. "What seed were the Rockets when they won it all (in 1995)?" one Thunder official asked as he tried to process the unwelcome news. USA Today Sports

"It's tough," said Ibaka, who had 17 points and nine rebounds against the Clippers and was one of only eight Thunder players available by game's end. "We were not ready for it…We have a lot of guys with injury, and we need to just figure (it) out. We need to just keep playing the way we did tonight, to keep fighting…We've got guys. We've been there before. "You know, what happened to me last year now happened to KD and Russ, it's something I can not really talk about because I can not really control that. What I can do is keep staying together. I'm going to tell the guys, stay together and keep pushing, keep working." USA Today Sports

The early indication is that Russell Westbrook could miss four to six weeks after fracturing the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers. It could keep the Thunder's electric point guard sidelined through mid-December and add him to an already ridiculously long list of injured Oklahoma City players who are expected to miss the season's first month. Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook broke his right hand Thursday, coach Scott Brooks said after the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Westbrook, hurt during the middle of the second quarter of the 93-90 loss, has a small fracture in his second metacarpal. No timetable on a return was available Thursday night. "We'll know more tomorrow," Brooks said. "We have to figure it out together." USA Today Sports

Russell Westbrook hurt his right hand going up for a rebound during the second quarter of tonight’s game versus the Clippers, and headed to the locker room for evaluation. As he was on his way, a fan said something to draw the Thunder guard’s ire. Westbrook turned around and snapped at him: The Big Lead

October 30, 2014 Updates

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