Shams Charania: Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (hamstring) will play in Game 2 against Miami, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
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Ira Winderman: Bucks again listing Eric Bledsoe (hamstring) as questionable for Wednesday 6:30 p.m. vs, Heat. For Heat, Chris Silva (groin) is out and Gabe Vincent (shoulder) is questionable.
Anthony Chiang: Bucks announce Eric Bledsoe (right hamstring) is out tonight.
Kane Pitman: Mike Budenholzer confirmed Eric Bledsoe had some hamstring “awareness” after the game yesterday. Says he is making progress. Bledsoe is listed as questionable for game one against Miami tomorrow.
Mike McGraw: Giannis (back) is questionable for #Bulls on Monday. He’s missed the last two games. Eric Bledsoe has missed last 8 games with fibula fracture, but is listed as probable.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe has a right fibula avulsion fracture and is expected to be sidelined for approximately two weeks, the team said on Saturday. The Bucks said an MRI and exam revealed the injury.
Eric Woodyard: Eric Bledsoe will get re-evaluated next week (rib). He went through a significant portion of practice today for the second time, with some contact. “We’re hopeful that he will be available,” for the season opener, said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer.
Matt Velazquez: Per Bucks GM Jon Horst, Eric Bledsoe did not fracture his ribs. What happened was he fractured the cartilage between 2 of his ribs. No bones are broken. The issue is pain tolerance, which means he can come back as soon as his pain goes down. May not necessarily be out 2-3 weeks.
Shams Charania: Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe has suffered a small fracture of his rib and will miss up to two-to-three weeks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Matt Velazquez: Eric Bledsoe is out for the rest of the game due to an oblique strain, per Bucks.
Eric Walden: Eric Bledsoe is out for the Bucks tonight
Matt Velazquez: Bud said Bledsoe has been dealing with the sore Achilles for a little while now. Soreness was at a point where they wanted to try to get ahead of it and get him some rest today.
Matt Velazquez: Eric Bledsoe (sore left Achilles) is out tonight. Tony Snell will start for him.
Matt Velazquez: Eric Bledsoe (left Achilles soreness), Sterling Brown (right wrist contusion) and Jason Smith (left knee soreness) are all probable for the Bucks tonight in DC. Donte DiVincenzo (bilateral heel bursitis) remains out.
Chris Vivlamore: Looks like Giannis will play tomorrow at Hawks. Bucks injury report: Giannis Antetokounmpo (right quad soreness/left hip contusion) – Probable Eric Bledsoe (left hamstring soreness) – Probable Donte DiVincenzo (left bilateral heel bursitis) – Probable
Matt Velazquez: Bud says Giannis is out but Bledsoe is in. Injury to Giannis happened a couple games ago and they’ve been managing it. Donte DiVincenzo joins Giannis in being out, but everyone else is available.
Matt Velazquez: Waiting for Bud’s pregame and Eric Bledsoe walked by. I asked him, “Thumbs up, thumbs down?” He said, “Man, I don’t know yet” with a smile as he walked into the locker room. So he’s still questionable as of this moment.
Matt Velazquez: Joe Prunty says Giannis is “fine” and will start as usual. Confirms Bledsoe will be back tonight.
Kyle Ratke: Eric Bledsoe (ankle) is out tonight.
Matt Velazquez: Joe Prunty says Eric Bledsoe (left ankle) is out for tonight.
John Gambadoro: Suns have shut Eric Bledsoe down for the year
Doug Haller: Confirmed the Suns are shutting down PG Eric Bledsoe for the season. He’s been playing through knee soreness.
Doug Haller: Suns update: PG Eric Bledsoe will start tonight as usual. Back-up PG Tyler Ulis (anke pain) is available.
Matt Petersen: Surprise to no one, but Eric Bledsoe was putting in another major workout after the draft prospects were done.
Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe’s next regular-season game will not come for another seven months, but he has become a staple of Suns practices and road trips in recent weeks. Bledsoe has no chance of returning this season, but his rehabilitation after a left knee surgery has moved to the court.
Bledsoe put in a dedicated offseason last year, when he stayed in Phoenix to work with Suns athletic trainers, participate in free-agency recruiting, attend summer league and play from the start in voluntary pickup games. He has given indications of doing the same this year. “His vision for the program and his teammates is very clear,” Suns interim head coach Earl Watson said. “It’s sincere and he’s passionate. It’s determined that next year will be not even close to the same year as this year. It’s going to be better. His focus is on improving our team to where we can compete for the playoffs.”
Three weeks after knee surgery, Eric Bledsoe made his way onto his home court with an unfamiliar feeling. With his surgically repaired left knee in a brace and his body weight on crutches, Bledsoe was taking in the scene of a Suns game-day shootaround wrapping up Tuesday with basketballs abounding. “I haven’t touched a basketball in almost a month,” Bledsoe said, realizing the absence in his life as he said it.
#WeArePHX: OFFICIAL: Suns guard @EBled2 sustained a torn meniscus in his left knee during Saturday night’s game & will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Mirza Teletovic: 🙁 Get well soon @EBled2
An awful Suns basketball night turned worse after the Suns learned that leading scorer and playmaker Eric Bledsoe suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during Saturday night’s home loss to Philadelphia, according to sources.
The injury is expected to require surgery that could sideline Bledsoe for several weeks or longer, depending on the course of action. Bledsoe previously tore a meniscus in his right knee and had it repaired in 2011. A surgery to remove the damaged meniscus in 2014 sidelined him for more than two months at almost the same juncture of the season as this injury. Then, Bledsoe missed games from Jan. 2 to March 10.
With treatment decisions still to be made, the Suns have not announced Bledsoe’s MRI results or a timetable for recovery. Bledsoe, 26, injured the knee during the second quarter of Saturday’s 111-104 home loss to the woeful 76ers. On defense, Bledsoe was chasing Philadelphia guard Ish Smith off the ball when he swerved to avoid a Robert Covington screen and collapsed to the floor after planting his left leg. He was carried off the court and did not return.
Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe’s injured left knee may keep him out until after the All-Star break, sources told ESPN. Bledsoe suffered the non-contact injury Saturday night in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The initial diagnosis was that it was an injury to his meniscus that could require surgery, sources told ESPN. Bledsoe underwent an MRI on Sunday and is considering his treatment options.
Brian Windhorst: Suns’ Eric Bledsoe suffered a left knee injury last night. Initial belief is he will be out until after All-Star break according to sources.
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“I see why there’s a comparison. Obviously, LeBron is one of the greatest to ever do it and Ben has the potential given the size, ability, and speed, but it’s unfair. It’s unfair to compare anybody to LeBron or compare anybody to Michael Jordan, especially at a young age.”
Attempts to grow closer as a team are confronting a world in which proximity to teammates is both dangerous and prohibited. As a result, NBA players and staffs have been reduced to distant conversations through face masks, and a road life dominated by individual screens rather than collective camaraderie. “The reality is that you can’t do stuff like that anymore,” Haslem said. “Those opportunities don’t exist.” In Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner’s words: “It’s a bubble within a bubble.”
STARTING AN AVERAGE day on the road, an NBA player must now wake up as early as 7:30 a.m. to be tested before a practice or shootaround, depending on the market. He then returns to his room to catch another hour or so of sleep, or to busy himself with a video game, an episode of a series or maybe a FaceTime session with family back home. A couple of hours later, he reports downstairs to board the team bus. The wait in the lobby is traditionally a time when players schmooze and hang out, but with everyone at least 6 feet apart and masked, the vibe has taken on an edgy quality.
Pre-practice strategy sessions at the hotel can no longer last more than 10 minutes. Shootaround or practice offer some normalcy, but breakfast back at the hotel in a ballroom, typically a communal ritual where players and staff yuck it up at tables for eight, now operates as a grab-and-go. Want some fresh air? Forget about taking a walk outside, even though the CDC and other leading medical institutions regard outdoor activities with the appropriate precautions as low risk.
Back in the hotel room, the walls close in for players. More video games and binge watching. Myles Turner has delved into Narcos and has been playing Cyberpunk 2077, while Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph recently watched the Tony Parker documentary on Netflix. “I don’t think locking up in a room for 24 hours just coming out to play basketball is mentally healthy,” Haslem said. “I need to go out and take a walk because there are things that can pile up that have nothing to do with the game of basketball. And you’re saying that I can’t even go take a walk? I don’t think that’s right. Even in the bubble, you can go take a walk and get some fresh air.”
This season, that ground rarely extends much past the door to a hotel room. The Spurs’ custom on the plane has been effectively prohibited. Under the new guidelines, players must sit next to the same guys they sit next to on the bench during games. On an off night, it’s dinners for one in the room — a far cry from the jovial dining out experience in a road city. “I think that’s hard — having options taken away,” Holiday said. “You might go to your favorite city, and have a favorite food spot that people might not know about. And that’s something that you can bring to the table, something you share, and [this season] you can’t really share that.”