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November 22, 2014 Updates

Jeff McDonald: Spurs injury report: Belinelli (questionable). Joseph (ankle) and Bonner (ill) doubtful. Splitter (calf) and Mills (shoulder surgery) out. Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard says he is still hampered somewhat by the vision problems that have plagued him since coming down with an eye infection in the preseason. Leonard’s right eye remains blurry and sensitive to light, and says his eyesight has shown little improvement a month and a half after he contracted conjunctivitis on the Spurs’ European trip in early October. “I’m still not 100 percent,” Leonard said after the Spurs’ 121-92 victory in Minnesota on Friday. San Antonio Express-News

Pacers forward Paul George could take the next step in his recovery from a broken right leg as early as next week. The two-time All-Star said Friday he has been working on a treadmill in a pool and expects to start limited work on the court soon. He has been walking on the leg, which snapped in two places Aug. 1, and working on his shot since late September. While George says he remains hopeful of a return late this season, coach Frank Vogel calls it "very unlikely." NBA.com

The two seem to be healing at an accelerated rate and a return by the end of next week — particularly for Westbrook — isn’t out of the question. Per the NBA’s hardship rule, neither of the stars (or Mitch McGary or Grant Jerrett) are allowed to return until the Nov. 28th home game against Derek Fisher’s New York Knicks. Oklahoman

Hinrich is day-to-day and the Bulls do have two off days until they play the Jazz on Monday in Utah. X-rays were negative. "It hurts to take deep breaths," Hinrich said. "Any type of just movement in itself, it's hard to even posture up straight. I hope I get better soon." Chicago Tribune

Sam Smith: More Kirk on rib: "I never really thought it was broken. Just took a really good shot and having trouble with any type of movement really." Twitter @SamSmithHoops

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent successful surgery on Friday in Charlotte – less than two miles away from where his teammates were facing the Charlotte Hornets – to repair the fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, GM Rob Hennigan announced. An X-ray following last Saturday’s game in Washington, D.C. revealed the fractured bone in Gordon’s left foot. Following a consultation with specialist Dr. Bob Anderson, surgery was performed on Friday in Charlotte at Carolinas Medical-Mercy Hospital. Gordon, the youngest player in the NBA this season at 19 years old, is out indefinitely. He will be re-evaluated by the specialist again in six-to-eight weeks to gauge the healing in the surgically repaired bone. His return to game action will ultimately depend on how he responds to rehabilitation. NBA.com

If all goes well, point guard Jose Calderon will make his season debut against the 76ers at the Garden. Calderon, who has battled a calf injury since the preseason, practiced fully Friday and will decide Saturday morning if he is good to go. "We don't want to put too much pressure on Jose and make him feel like he has to do it if he's not ready,'' coach Derek Fisher said after practice. "Hopefully, [on Saturday] we'll see how he responds to [Friday] and the five-on-five action.'' Newsday

November 21, 2014 Updates

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