Chris Fedor: #Cavs Larry Nance Jr. had his cast removed…

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Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. underwent successful surgery today to address a fracture in his left fourth metacarpal that occurred during Saturday night’s home game against Milwaukee at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Nance is expected to remain out approximately six weeks and will undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting with @Brian Windhorst: Cleveland F Larry Nance Jr., is expected to be lost four-to-six weeks with a fractured finger on his left hand, sources tell ESPN. Nance will likely undergo surgery.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Larry Nance Jr. is expected to make his return to the lineup tonight. He has been sidelined nearly two weeks with knee soreness.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs announce Larry Nance Jr. will be sidelined 1-2 weeks with continued left knee soreness that forced him to sit out on Dec. 23
Keith Pompey: #Cavs post player Lance Nance Jr. (thumb) is doubtful vs. #Sixers
Nance was evaluated Friday afternoon, the team’s off day, but the Cavs still weren’t ready to make an official determination. They won’t know anything more about his playing status for Sunday afternoon -- and beyond -- until he visits a specialist Saturday. “Hopefully it won’t end up being too much time,” a source said via text Friday.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Larry Nance Jr. had his left thumb taped by trainer Steve Spiro toward the end of Sunday’s game. It’s still wrapped. During pregame warmups he’s been playing with it a bit, trying to get comfortable shooting. “I’m fine. Will be alright”
Ira Winderman: Cavaliers upgrade Larry Nance Jr. (knee) to probable for Friday vs. Heat. But Love, Nwaba, Smith, Thompson listed as out by Cleveland. Only Dragic (knee, out) on Heat injury report.
Dave McMenamin: Larry Drew says that Tristan Thompson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. are all back on a minute restriction. Cleveland will keep its recent starting lineup of Calderon, Hill, James, Green and Love, however.
Cleveland has two open roster spots, so they could sign an additional big man to a 10-day contract, but their luxury tax situation would make that pretty costly. Lue is being patient about saying he wants to add another body. "Just got to see how serious Larry’s situation is and kind of go from there," Lue said. "But right now we got what we got and we just gotta go with it."
Nance was hobbling when Tristan Thompson subbed in for him with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter. He said he collided with Denver's Gary Harris and "hyperextended" his knee. "It's fine, I was ready to go back in," Nance said. "I just needed to come out like, 'I'm all right, good, let's go.' Coach Lue decided to stay with the guys that were in, but I was ready to go."
Bill Oram: It'll be Larry Nance Jr. into the starting lineup tonight with Kyle Kuzma back to the bench. In 11 games as a starter Kuzma averaged 18.1 points in 35.6 minutes.
Tania Ganguli: Larry Nance Jr. left practice early with a cut over his eye. Won't affect his ability to play tomorrow.
Larry Nance Jr. could be back on the court for the Lakers as early as Monday, barely three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand. The third-year power forward has been practicing with the team since his cast came off on Nov. 14. After playing Wednesday at Sacramento, the Lakers will go four days before their next game, Monday against the Clippers.
Larry Nance Jr. (hand) is getting closer to a return. He had a dental procedure that will prevent him from getting work with the G-League team this week but the Lakers were going to wait through a break this Thanksgiving weekend to give Nance Jr. more time. A return is likely for next week.
Larry Nance Jr: Got back in the weight room today 💪🏼 feeling great and making progress
The Los Angeles akers might have lost their starting power forward for some time after Larry Nance Jr. suffered a broken hand in the team's 113-110 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Nance underwent X-rays that revealed a fractured second metacarpal in his left hand. Nance left the game for good with 3 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the third quarter before the Blazers handed the Lakers a 113-110 loss at the Moda Center. He left after he committed his fourth personal foul on Caleb Swanigan.
Nance, whose father, Larry Sr., won the inaugural slam dunk contest in 1984, has been itching to make an appearance. However, he is expected to play Sunday for the first time since since Dec. 20 after missing 16 games with a bone bruise in his left knee. Last season, he missed 10 games in January and February with a sore right knee. “The timing of it is obviously not ideal,” Nance said. “The same thing kind of happened last year, I don’t even know if I have that much time to prepare, I don’t even know if the other guys have accepted. But I’m kind of sitting, waiting on it, but I think this year might be out of the cards.”
Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. has been cleared to practice and to play in limited minutes Sunday at Dallas after missing the past 16 games with a bone bruise in his left knee. Nance suffered the injury Dec. 20 at Charlotte and has been sidelined ever since.
Mark Medina: Luke said there's a chance Nance could play Sunday, but we'll see. Lakers are going to re-evaluate him later tonight
The Lakers considered adding a frontcourt player to absorb the absence of reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. who has stayed sidelined the past two weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee. But Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told Southern California News Group that he would have likely felt more inclined to make a roster change had Nance suffered a season-ending injury. The Lakers expect Nance to return in about two weeks.
The odds appear high he will stick considering his production and Nance’s absence. Though Nance has recently worked out on a weight-bearing treadmill, the Lakers expect him to miss four more weeks.
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. will be out for approximately four weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee. The Lakers announced the diagnosis Sunday night. Nance was hurt during the Lakers’ loss at Charlotte on Dec. 20 and was re-examined by team doctors Sunday.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., who suffered an injury to his left knee December 20 at Charlotte, was examined prior to tonight’s game by team physician Dr. David McAllister of UCLA Health. The diagnosis is a bone bruise, and Nance Jr. is expected to be out approximately four weeks.
Mark Medina: Larry Nance Jr. out vs Clippers as he's getting reevaluated. Calderon (right hamstring) and Black (right ankle) listed as questionable
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. will be sidelined indefinitely because of a bone bruise in his left knee, which an MRI exam revealed Wednesday in Miami, the team announced. However, further results of the exam were inconclusive due to swelling in the knee, so Nance will be re-examined Sunday in Los Angeles by team physician Dr. David McAllister of UCLA Health.
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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 [22] 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.”
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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.”