The Athletic understands that Houston wants to keep Wood out until after the break. The Rockets have erred on the side of caution with their free-agent splash, knowing Wood has had previous right ankle issues. They want to avoid a situation similar to what Warriors guard Stephen Curry endured early in his career, repeatedly injuring the same ankle to a point where it required surgery. Sources say Wood is in good spirits and moving in the right direction, walking without a limp and has been able to participate in some defensive sliding drills.
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Adam Spolane: Christian Wood says he doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return. He wants to be able to return before the All Star break, and says his ankle is currently at 80%
Cayleigh Griffin: Christian Wood says that the rehab process has been going great. He’s been spending most time working with the training staff, but has also been doing some on the court work.
Shams Charania: Rockets‘ Christian Wood has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
The Houston Rockets are concerned that star center Christian Wood could be sidelined for an extended period after injuring his right ankle for the second time in a span of less than three weeks, sources told ESPN.
Wood will have an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of the injury he suffered when he gruesomely rolled his ankle during the third quarter of Thursday’s 115-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, according to a source.
Adam Spolane: Rockets list Christian Wood as probable for tonight’s game against the Blazers Portland has ruled out Zach Collins (ankle), Robert Covington (concussion), C.J. McCollum (foot), and Jusuf Nurkic (wrist). Rodney Hood and Derrick Jones Jr are probable
Jamie Hudson: Rockets Injury Report: Christian Wood (right ankle; sprain) is questionable and Dante Exum (right calf; strain) is out for Thursday’s game vs. Blazers
Adam Spolane: Christian Wood returned to practice today
Mark Berman: Christian Wood (@Christian Wood) “I’m back. I feel 100% and I’m ready to go tomorrow…I tried to play on my ankle after I injured it. I don’t know if it was a good idea or a bad idea,but I had to do what’s best for my team.I just needed a little bit of time off just to let it heal” pic.twitter.com/jj4pvtKU8m
Jonathan Feigen: Christian Wood is out for the Rockets with an excused absence but still dealing with the sprained ankle. Rockets starters: Wall, Oladipo, Tate, Tucker and Cousins.
Adam Wexler: #Rockets Christian Wood was asked how scary his ankle was and how much does it hurt now. “It was very scary and I’m in a lot of pain.” He added they told him not to come back in the game, but he knows his team needs him. Said it’s swelling up now. @SportsTalk790
Alykhan Bijani: Christian Wood is QUESTIONABLE for Thursday
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February 28, 2021 | 6:15 am EST Update
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is on this quick two-game trip with his teammates so he can continue to rehab a high-grade strained right calf, but the five-time All-Star is “unlikely” to return until after the NBA All-Star break, league sources tell cleveland.com.
Given the Cavs only have two games remaining — Monday in Houston and Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers — before a needed nine-day break, sources said the team doesn’t see the upside in pushing it. They want to use the extra days to get his calf better, so he can be 100 percent for the Second Half.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant will still serve as an NBA All-Star Game captain despite a hamstring injury that will keep him from playing. Durant and fellow All-Star Game captain LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will each draft a roster out of the pool of selected All-Stars. The All-Star draft will air on TNT on March 4. It remained unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the game on March 7.
A Knicks official said Rivers was at the Garden, but in the back getting treatment for a sore ankle. Rivers was not listed on the pregame injury report submitted to the NBA. On the box score, Rivers was listed with a DNP-Coach’s Decision. Earlier this week, Rivers said of his situation: “I can’t control if I’m traded today, tomorrow or the next day. What I can control is how I am as a player.’’
His father, Mychal Thompson, believes Klay’s basketball lifespan could run until he’s 40 years old. “I said, if you really want to, you can play till you’re 40 years of age, but the key to that is you have to take care of your body, as you go into your 30s,” Mychal said, recounting to NBC Sports Bay Area a conversation he had with Klay.
That doesn’t mean he’s a finished product. There’s a reason the Raptors signed him with G League intentions and not for the NBA roster. The 10-day contract (about $82,000) affords them six games to see how he can fit and progress in their environment. It’s an audition by another name, and not the first time the Raptors have used a 10-day to get a 905 look at a prospect. “This gives us a chance to get Donta down in our system, teach him our ins and outs and the way we operate our offence, our defence, our schemes, and see how he looks running those,” general manager Chad Sanders said. “With Tampa just down the street, it’s a chance for us to get him out there and get some reps and get a chance to evaluate him for the big club.”
Callie Caplan: Luka, on ABC, asked about recent comparisons to Larry Bird’s game: “More, more games to go. A long time before you can compare me to Larry Bird. I just want to keep hooping, have fun playing basketball.”