Joe Mullinax: Coach Taylor Jenkins says Jaren and Justise are two key players who due to the December start will not be rushed in terms of a return. Health remains a priority (as it should).
During the team’s trip to the Orlando bubble in July, Jaren Jackson Jr. tore the meniscus in his left knee. He returned from the trip early to begin his rehab. His teammate, Justise Winslow, who was also injured in the bubble, is rehabbing his injury with him. “I had a quicker start to my offseason getting healthy again and getting workouts and all that,” Jackson said. “I’ve been basically seeing Justise every day of my life, literally. We’ve been in there grinding. We made it a goal to never have a bad day and we’ve never had a bad day pretty much ever.”
Jackson wants to let their offseason workouts do the talking. The recovering Grizz players post videos of their rehab workouts every few days. “Just wait, we don’t even like to talk about it,” the 21-year-old said. “We want to let our action speak, but we are waiting to see when we can let our actions speak and get back out there.”
“I feel so bad for Justise ... He had a really good first two weeks before he got hurt while we were scrimmaging (in the bubble). We are all very encouraged with the fit there. He gets along great with the guys and really seems ready to take on a leadership role within this group.” “There was zero existing hip pathology. It was a freak injury. It’s non-surgical for Justise and he is making great progress. He’s going to finish out the rehab (in Memphis).”
“No. His back injury from earlier in the season, he was fully recovered and ready to go with no prior history of back injuries. “This hip injury that he suffered, again, he has no prior history of hip injuries. It’s hard to draw any other conclusion other than they were freak incidents.”
The Memphis Grizzlies today provided the following medical update on Grizzlies forward Justise Winslow: During Monday’s practice, Justise Winslow fell after absorbing contact during an intra-squad scrimmage. Medical evaluation revealed a hip injury, which will cause him to miss the rest of the season. Winslow is expected to make a full recovery.
Nearly three months later, Jenkins suggested that Jackson, Winslow and Clarke should be ready to go. “When it comes to Justise, BC and JJ, those guys are looking and feeling good,” said Jenkins. “Once we get to Orlando, we can finally do five-on-five workouts and scrimmages and we’ll get a better feel. But all indications are those guys will be ready to go.”
Anthony Chiang: The Heat’s expectation is that Justise Winslow (lower back bone bruise) will not join the team on its five-game trip, which leads directly into the All-Star break.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra said Justise Winslow will be out for the next two weeks with his back injury and will be re-evaluated at that point.
Tim Reynolds: If it's two weeks before Winslow is evaluated again, as Erik Spoelstra just told the reporters at shootaround in OKC, that means seven more games missed at minimum. It also means, again at minimum, that he'll miss 25 games in a 26-game stretch.
Shandel Richardson: Justise Winslow will not play tomorrow against the Spurs. No timetable on his return.
He then was ruled out Friday morning from Friday night's loss against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, before later in the day also being ruled out of Sunday's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. According to a source familiar with the situation, Winslow is expected to see a back specialist this coming week.
The team declined to make Winslow available for comment, citing its interview policy with sidelined players. The team also has declined to offer a medical update, other than listing Winslow as out for Sunday due to "Lower Back; Bone bruise." Winslow, however, appears to be in disagreement with the team over the approach with the injury.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow’s return will have to wait. And Jimmy Butler also out vs. Trail Blazers miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra says Justise Winslow is "making progress," but says no other update. Says video of things Winslow did today before walkthrough are similar to what he has been doing at practices as he works through lower-back bone bruise.
Ira Winderman: Justise Winslow did not travel to Washington. So out again Monday with the back issue.
Ira Winderman: Justise Winslow still not cleared to begin his concussion protocol testing, Spoelstra says.
Anthony Chiang: Heat injury report for tonight's game vs. Lakers: Derrick Jones Jr. (left hip strain) out Justise Winslow (concussion protocol) out Dion Waiters (illness) out KZ Okpala (left Achilles strain) out Daryl Macon (G League) out
Ira Winderman: Heat hurting. For Sunday vs. Rockets: Jimmy Butler (left foot bruise) questionable Justise Winslow (lower back stiffness) questionable KZ Okpala (left Achilles tendinitis) out Derrick Jones, Jr. (left groin strain) out
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra said he does not expect Justise Winslow to play tonight. Kendrick Nunn will slide over to point guard in Winslow’s absence. Spoelstra’s called Winslow’s lower back stiffness a day-to-day injury.
Winslow now has missed the past eight games, including Saturday in New York, with a bruised left thigh. McGruder has missed the past seven with a sore left knee. "As much treatment, work as they can get, around the clock, that's their focus right now," Spoelstra said of the three players left behind.
Anthony Chiang: Asked Spoelstra about Winslow's thigh bruise. Spoelstra: "These things just take time. I don't have an update on it. But the body will heal when it will heal."
Anthony Chiang: Spoelstra said Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder are all out tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo (right hip bruise) questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Bucks. Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) doubtful.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) out for tonight’s game vs. Thunder. Dwyane Wade (right hip bruise) probable.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra, "This will be a fun game for the guys playing." Of the injuries, Spoelstra said, "those won't be long-term deals."
Ira Winderman: Injuries keep piling up for Heat. Tonight vs. Suns: James Johnson – Questionable (shoulder) Rodney McGruder – Out (knee) Justise Winslow – Out (knee) Derrick Jones Jr.– Questionable (illness)
Anthony Chiang: Heat starting T. Johnson, Richardson, McGruder, J. Johnson, Whiteside tonight vs. Rockets. Justise Winslow (ankle) is an active scratch
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson will play vs. Rockets. Justise Winslow's status for tonight's game is still up in the air.
Tim Reynolds: Yante Maten will be active only if Justise Winslow is not, it would seem. Still TBD. (Mante was a lovely autocorrect error.)
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Justise Winslow (experiencing right ankle pain) will not return to tonight's game vs the Pelicans.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow, Jones and Ellington will play tonight. Duncan Robinson is not with the team tonight, on his two-way contract.
Ira Winderman: From Heat: INJURY UPDATE: James Johnson (hernia), Dion Waiters (ankle) & Justise Winslow (hamstring) have all been ruled out of tonight’s game vs the Wizards. Wayne Ellington (ankle) will be active but is not expected to play.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington will not play tonight. Both expected to miss tomorrow’s game vs. Wizards too.
Heat forward Justise Winslow returned to the court for the first time in more than a month Sunday afternoon, and played a role in Miami’s 97-79 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The third-year player from Duke, sidelined for 14 games with a strained left knee, played 13 minutes for the Heat, finishing with three points, four rebounds and four assists.
Ira Winderman: Neither Justise Winslow nor Dion Waiters are traveling with the Heat on this two-game trip to Toronto and Indiana. After that the Heat next play at home Sunday Vs. Bucks.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow both out tonight according to #Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra
The Heat also had to play without forward Justise Winslow (strained left knee) and starting point guard Goran Dragic (sore left elbow). Starting shooting guard Dion Waiters will play against the Hawks despite an illness that kept him out of shootaround.
The Heat (13-14) will be without center Hassan Whiteside and forward Justise Winslow on Friday when they face the Hornets in Charlotte. Whiteside (left knee bone bruise) and Winslow (left knee strain) will not make the trip as they recover from their injuries.
March 3, 2021 | 9:47 am EST Update
Several sources within the Houston organization firmly believe Morey made a preemptive decision, departing in large part because he anticipated Harden would want out, beginning a rebuilding period for the Rockets. According to sources, Morey had expressed concern inside the bubble about not being able to “keep James happy,” due to a lack of picks to use as trade fodder to make offseason roster upgrades.
Harden’s happiness, or lack thereof, was Stone’s problem after the longtime Rockets front office executive was promoted to replace Morey. But just getting Harden to communicate with him was difficult for Stone and the Houston front office, a factor that delayed the coaching search that ultimately ended with the hiring of Silas, a longtime NBA assistant who was a finalist when Houston hired D’Antoni four years earlier. By early November, the Rockets had privately come to terms with the fact that the Harden-Westbrook pairing fizzled, as the friends no longer wanted to play together. That was problematic, given the steep price the Rockets paid in the Westbrook trade the previous summer, but Houston could stomach searching for a Westbrook trade.
Weeks before camp opened, a high-ranking Rockets source told ESPN that the team was “willing to get uncomfortable,” stressing that the front office felt no urgency to trade Harden and Westbrook before the start of the season despite the stars’ unhappiness, vowing not to be pressured into dealing them for pennies on the dollar.
After the game, crew chief Marc Davis told a pool reporter that Booker’s first technical was for “continuous complaining” and the second was for “directing profane language at a game official.” Suns forward Jae Crowder said he tried to get between Booker and the referees to deescalate the tense situation but was too late. “Devin was disputing his first technical,” Crowder said. “He didn’t like the first technical that was given to him and he voiced his opinion about it. The second ref heard him voice his opinion and decided to give him another one.”
“I think Jae Crowder said it best: We got better tonight,” said Suns coach Monty Williams after the game. “You gain confidence when a guy like Book doesn’t play or gets tossed and you’re able to pull a game out on the road at the end of a trip. That’s a recipe for mailing it in, and this group has shown a lot of resiliency. But that was a big-time character win, and we got better. “I think we played good tonight, but we probably got more confidence that we can pull a game out without Devin or Chris [Paul] saving the day.”
LeBron James was asked about dealing with the stretch of recent games. “Just trying to stay in the moment. For me just standing in the moment, keeping my guys motivated, keeping them upbeat,” the four-time NBA champion said. “You could definitely tell that some of our guys are just feeling the midst of the long season that we had last year with the bubble and coming right back on to the season this year. A lot of guys looking forward to the break so it’ll be beneficial to our guys.”
But don’t diminish Turner based on one historically challenging matchup. He should still be a frontrunner for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, if not the favorite to win the award over the likes of Embiid, Rudy Gobert and others, at least based on his body of work so far this season. Here’s why: For one, Turner leads the league in blocks at 3.4 per game, and it isn’t particularly close. Gobert came into the Philly game second in that category, 11 blocks behind. Of course, leading the league in blocks isn’t necessarily the litmus test; in 2018-19, Turner led the league in blocks and didn’t get a sniff of the award. It’s why he knew that if he wanted to bolster his candidacy, he needed to add some subtle elements to his defensive game.
No player contests more shots per game within six feet of the basket than Turner (10.5) and he allows a minus-16.2 percent difference in field goal percentage on these attempts. He’s not just blocking shots; he’s altering shots, making plays with his quick feet and hands and giving the Pacers one of the top — if not the top — rim protectors in the game. “It’s funny, his rookie year, he was amazing; I got to see him on the USA Select Team and thought he was the best player on the whole team. He was unbelievable,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s turned out to be a different kind of player than I thought he would be.