The Grizzlies have not put a timetable on his return, but Winslow noted that he hopes to get back on the court sometime this month. “The recovery has been going well,” he said. “It’s been a long process for me, even since getting traded here almost a year ago now. Battling injuries, being back healthy and then going through the bubble again; I’m feeling great. My hip feels great. I’m really close to getting back on the court, hopefully sometime this month. I really don’t have an exact day in mind.”
Justise Winslow described it as one in a million. The play that knocked the wing out for the rest of the 2019-2020 season is one he hopes was only a bit of bad luck. “That’s the thing about it,” Winslow said, referring to the moment the injury occurred during the Grizzlies’ trip to the Orlando bubble in July. “ . . . It was just kind of an awkward play and I was off balance. I got pushed off my dribble and went to plant. Next thing you know I was getting an MRI. It wasn’t the most physical play. You kind of just saw me get pushed and get thrown off balance. That’s when the injury occurred. It’s kind of a freak thing.”
“Just with COVID-19, and how our team has had to miss a week of practice and that sort of thing, that’s set me back. Just without being able to have proper access to workouts and things like that. So, it’s just been a crazy year for me, then you incorporate all the injuries with COVID-19 and the regulations.”
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.
April 14, 2021 | 9:05 am EDT Update
The biggest reason why is because Capela has played at an All-Defense level, and he should be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year, alongside guys like Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons, Bam Adebayo and Myles Turner. The Hawks are 6.7 points worse defensively when Capela sits this season. “I think he’s been probably one of the most consistent guys on the defensive end of the floor for us,” Nate McMillan said. “He has been helping us all season long. He’s not only been helping in blocking shots and rotating to the basketball, but rebounding at an elite level. What he’s been doing now, he’s been doing it all season for us. What we are trying to do is not have to have him clean up on the perimeter where we’re guarding and not keeping the ball in front so that he can stay attached to his man and rebound the basketball. With the adjustment for a center in today’s game, you’re not defending low-post or post-up players a lot in this league. You’re out on the perimeter having to help defend these quick guards in pick and rolls and make adjustments to get back to a shooter that can spread the floor. The consistency has been there all season long.”
When opponents do drive on him and try attacking at the rim, they’re only shooting 50.2 percent against Capela. That’s sixth-tenths of a percentage point worse than Gobert, who’s seen as one of the favorites in the DPOY race. I, myself, questioned before the start of the season if Capela was going to be as good as the Hawks talked him up to be and what they, frankly, needed him to be because of the center depth. He was never this good for the Rockets, but he’s been a godsend for this organization after having arguably the worst center depth rotation last season. Capela is not only third in the NBA in blocks, first in rebounds, but he’s also second in DRAPM, second in DRPM and second in defensive RAPTOR, all advanced metrics that Gobert ranks first in. This story isn’t about why Capela should win the award, only how he needs to be in the conversation. As someone who voted for the league’s awards last season, Capela would be on my ballot with Gobert and Simmons; and he would be on my second-team All-Defense.
When Sandiford-Artest watches Doncic, he’s as fascinated as much by his savvy as his skill, readily admitting that he would have had his hands full trying to slow down the Mavs’ star. “Luka, I mean, that kid is special,” Sandiford-Artest said. “I’m not going to lie to you, [defending him] would have been tough. What impresses me most is he’s a veteran at  years old. The way he sees it and feels it, he’s someone that I would have had problems with, because he would have been thinking ahead. He’d have been thinking steps ahead. He’s not one-dimensional.
At this moment, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Allen drops into a defensive stance. He pretends to shade Doncic to the supersized point guard’s left. “Go right. Do whatever you’re going to do,” Allen yells, sliding as he speaks. “You going to drive and lay it up? All right, I’m going to contest. Can you step back going right? OK then! You’re going to have to do everything to that right side. And what if you try to come back? I’m right here, motherf—er. I’m taking it! “You can’t get discouraged with prolific players. They’re going to score, but your job is to contain it and cut it down.
“If I can be a little physical with him and make him work a little bit more, a lot like [defending] Steve Nash. Now when it comes time to finish plays, maybe he’s not as geared to finish the plays quite like he was in the beginning, because he’s being pressured a little bit. Now he has to worry about what I’m doing from the standpoint of making him work, work, work while he has the ball and bringing it up the floor. “It’s not something comfortable. Yes, he can do it. But does he want to do it? Probably not.”
April 14, 2021 | 6:56 am EDT Update
Though the Knicks made a very light push for Ball at the March 25 trade deadline, the Bulls did a lot more of the talking with Pelicans general manager David Griffin. If Ball were to leave, Chicago would be the Knicks’ top competitor, according to sources.
Because of luxury-tax concerns, the feeling around the league is the Pelicans may pass on matching any offer over $20 million per season with rookie lottery-pick point guard Kira Lewis and combo guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the fold. The Post reported Ball has the Knicks on his radar. His father, LaVar, had hoped Ball’s youngest brother, LaMelo, would be drafted by the Knicks last November — wanting him to play amid the bright lights of New York City.
The Dallas Mavericks received calls before the March 25 trade deadline regarding backup guard Jalen Brunson, but they were not interested in dealing the ex-Villanova star. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst relayed that news on his Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast (h/t RealGM Wiretap). “By the way, I heard that around the trade deadline the Mavericks got some calls about Jalen Brunson. And it basically like ‘Luka’s obviously untouchable and Jalen is pretty much untouchable. If you’re going to offer LeBron, we’ll listen.’ “He’s being viewed as a foundational core piece going forward.”