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Jamie Hudson: Damian Lillard will make his return tonight. Blazers Injury Report: Derrick Jones Jr. (right hip, contusion) is probable and Zach Collins (left ankle, stress fracture) is out for tonight’s game vs. Denver.
Anthony Chiang: Heat listing Jae Crowder (sprained left ankle) and Derrick Jones Jr. (sprained left ankle) as questionable for Saturday’s Game 3 vs. Pacers. KZ Okpala and Gabe Vincent remain out.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. on his status, “Just taking it day by day.” Said he remains hopeful of playing in the series vs. Pacers.
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat: After an MRI, CT scan and concussion test, the HEAT announce that Derrick Jones, Jr. has suffered a neck strain. Jones, Jr. will be re-evaluated again over the weekend.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra said Derrick Jones Jr. is getting a scan right now, and team is awaiting the results. Spoelstra: “Let’s just wait before we speculate what it is.”
Tim Reynolds: Initial signs – and we stress there are more tests to do – are positive on Derrick Jones Jr. He is getting MRI and CT scans. He does not have any numbness, also a good initial sign.
Tim Reynolds: Derrick Jones Jr. has been evaluated by doctors inside the bubble already, source tells AP. There’s 2 minutes left in this game and I’d imagine Spo will have some sort of initial update in a few minutes.
Scott Agness: Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. wheeled off the court on a stretcher after ~10 minutes. His neck whipped back on a moving screen by Goga Bitadze. 1:05 left in the third quarter.
Tim Bontemps: Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. got caught on a screen by Pacers center Goga Bitadze & went down hard. He hasn’t gotten up in a few minutes. He’s being looked at by Miami’s medical staff, and a stretcher is being brought out to the court. Appeared to get hit in head/shoulder area.
Tim Reynolds: They have rolled Derrick Jones onto a backboard, securing him to it and are preparing to load him onto the stretcher. Every player – Heat and Pacers – is standing and watching. Referees too. Incredibly somber scene here.
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 injury report for Thursday in Phoenix has: Derrick Jones Jr. (Left Groin Strain) Questionable Daryl Macon (G League) Out KZ Okpala (Left Achilles Strain) Out No mention of Dion Waiters
Shandel Richardson: Dion Waiters is inactive. Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr expected to play
Ira Winderman: Both Winslow and Jones worked in practice.
Ira Winderman: Heat update: — Jimmy Butler is expected to play Tuesday. Not on Heat list of unavailable — Dion Waiters and James Johnson are both listed as out for Tuesday. That could change Tuesday. — Derrick Jones Jr listed as out due to groin. — Kelly Olynyk probable, with quad contusion.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. (groin)out for Heat tonight vs. Timberwolves.
Anthony Chiang: Left groin strain for Derrick Jones Jr. Severity of injury won’t be known until tomorrow. But hard to imagine he plays tomorrow vs. Timberwolves.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Derrick Jones, Jr. (left leg injury) will not return to tonight’s game vs the Bucks.
Barry Jackson: Waiters and Derrick Jones available tonight
Tim Reynolds: Injury updates Josh Richardson has a left hip strain, will not travel and will be re-evaluated Monday. Dion Waiters has a precautionary MRI on left knee which was Negative. Probable for tomorrow. Derrick Jones Jr. has a right knee bone bruise. Questionable for tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder expected to play tonight. Derrick Jones Jr. is out. “It’s all hands on deck right now,” Spoelstra said.
Barry Jackson: Derrick Jones Jr. now ruled out with knee injury, will be re-evaluated in Miami. Heat’s depth, once a strength early this season, now shaky because of injury misfortune.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (left calf strain), James Johnson (slight left AC sprain), Kelly Olynyk (right ankle sprain), Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) all QUESTIONABLE for tomorrow’s game vs. Nets. Derrick Jones Jr. probable with bruised right knee.
Shandel Richardson: Derrick Jones Jr, Rodney McGruder and Justise Winslow are available
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)
The Miami Heat return from the NBA All-Star break for the final 26 games of the regular season with a big boost in point guard Goran Dragic returning to practice from knee injury, along with forward Derrick Jones Jr. Both will travel with the team to Philadelphia and be available for Thursday’s game against the 76ers.
Ira Winderman: For those who held out early hope: Goran Dragic not on this trip with Heat. Derrick Jones Jr. also did not travel.
Tim Reynolds: Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has been diagnosed with a pair of bone bruises in his right knee, after his scary fall last night in New York. He will be re-evaluated in about six weeks and the Heat are hoping he will play again this season. This could have been much worse.
Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was helped to the locker room early in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden after sustaining an apparent leg injury while driving in transition. With Jones, who was fouled on the play, unable to remain in the game, he was disqualified from returning.
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat, Derrick Jones, Jr. has a right knee injury. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr. all listed as out for Sunday’s game vs. Jazz.
Tim Reynolds: Spo says Derrick Jones Jr. had some tightness after practice yesterday and the hammy didn’t respond well today. Level of concern: “Too early to tell,” Spo says.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. will be available for the Heat tonight vs. Pacers.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. (stomach flu) questionable for Friday vs. Pacers. Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Dwyane Wade are again out. This is Heat’s lone regular-season visit, so unless Heat meet Pacers in playoffs, it means Wade won’t play here again unless he changes retirement plans.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. out tonight due to illness.
Ira Winderman: Dwyane Wade is listed as out for Friday’s game, in the wake of the birth of his daughter. Derrick Jones Jr. also is listed as out due to a bruised right knee. Goran Dragic is questionable due to a sore right knee.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow, Jones and Ellington will play tonight. Duncan Robinson is not with the team tonight, on his two-way contract.
Shandel Richardson: Derrick Jones Jr. is available to play tonight vs. Pelicans
Ira Winderman: MRI Wednesday on Derrick Jones Jr. came back negative, as did X-ray immediately after Tuesday’s frightening tumble. So still listed with bruised right shoulder. Expectation is he will be out Friday in Washington.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. took a hard fall on a tip-in attempt. He’s down holding his shoulder. Does not look good at all.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Derrick Jones, Jr. (bruised right shoulder) will not return to tonight’s preseason game vs the Hornets. X-Rays returned negative.
Manny Navarro: Eric Glass says Derrick Jones Jr. (Sprained right ankle) is out Tuesday. No word yet if he will play again in summer league. Bam Adebayo expected to play Tuesday.
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May 8, 2021 | 9:34 pm EDT Update
The Sixers won their eighth straight game with a 118-104 victory over the Pistons on Saturday night, moving ever so closer to locking down the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid led the way with 29 points, and strong efforts from Dwight Howard and Tyrese Maxey were among the standouts from the supporting cast.
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May 8, 2021 | 8:54 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: There it is. Russell Westbrook has officially tied Oscar Robertson’s all-time triple-double record of 181 for a career, a record that has stood for 47 years. Westbrook now has 21 triple-doubles in his last 25 games and will go for the record Monday against the Hawks.