Within a two-week span, Suns backup big Frank Kaminsky went from scoring a career-high 31 points to being ruled out indefinitely with a stress reaction to his right knee. The 7-footer didn’t make the four-game road trip Phoenix (14-3) continues Wednesday night against the Cavaliers (9-9). Sources informed The Republic that Kaminsky isn’t ruled out for the season, as the Suns are evaluating and determining a timetable for his return.
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“We’re going to miss him for sure, but we’re hopeful he can get back sooner rather than later,” Suns coach Monty Williams said before Phoenix’s home win over Denver on Sunday. “He’s a huge part of our team, culture and we just have to wait and see, but just feel for him cause he was playing so well.” Dario Saric is expected to miss at least the entire regular season as he’s rehabbing from tearing his right ACL in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
The workouts will be particularly helpful to two players, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Frank Kaminsky, who had their rehab processes halted. General manager James Jones described those players as “stuck” at a certain point in mid-April because of the team’s inability to work them through the recoveries first-hand.
Gina Mizell: James Jones said Kelly Oubre Jr. (meniscus surgery) and Frank Kaminsky (patella stress fracture) have both medically healed, but “kind of pressed the pause button” because they can’t do full-blown sports rehab. If season resumes, Jones is optimistic they’d be able to play. #Suns
Kellan Olson: Kaminsky still described as “a ways away” by Williams
Phoenix Suns forward Frank Kaminsky III has been sidelined indefinitely with a right patella stress fracture, the team announced Saturday. Kaminsky has not played for the Suns since Dec. 28, missing three games.
Gina Mizell: #Suns announce reserve big man Frank Kaminsky has been diagnosed with a right patella stress fracture and is out indefinitely. He had missed the past two games (and had been on and off recent injury reports) with knee “soreness.” He’ll be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks. pic.twitter.com/FCUtWXyXMI
Rick Bonnell: Frank Kaminsky (sprained ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (shin contusion) available to play. With Batum out, I’d think Lamb starts, with Dwayne Bacon his backup.
Connor Letourneau: Kaminsky (sprained right ankle) is doubtful to return tonight.
Clay Bailey: Hornets have announced that Frank Kaminsky, who was questionable with illness, will play tonight vs. Grizz. Did not play vs. ORL on Sunday
A Charlotte Hornets public relations official told CBS Sports that Queen City Hoops’ report was inaccurate and Frank Kaminsky did not have an MRI on Monday. Queen City Hoops also tweeted an apology, reporting that Kaminsky could in fact be back in the lineup as early as this coming weekend. This is obviously fantastic news for the Hornets, who need the big man to be available as they try to get back in the playoff picture.
Managing Editor of Queen City Hoops, Spencer Percy, has learned from a source close to the team that Frank Kaminsky will “likely” miss the remainder of the season with what the Hornets have called a sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder.
An MRI was performed today in Charlotte, and although it is unknown whether or not Kaminsky will need surgery to repair any significant damage in his left shoulder, it is expected for the team to eventually announce that he will be shut down for the rest of the ’16-’17 season.
Horners center/forward Frank Kaminsky, who sprained his shoulder in Phoenix last week, won’t play and is being examined Monday in Charlotte. Coach Steve Clifford said Saturday that he expects Kaminsky to be out 10 to 14 days.
Frank Kaminsky: Surgery was #Lit and I’m alive and stuff so that’s pretty cool. Thank you to everyone for wishing me well.
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Noah Levick: Joel Embiid on having COVID-19: “I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. It was that bad.” Embiid said his first workout was a couple days ago and it’s a “miracle” he played 45 minutes tonight.
Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns acknowledging postgame that he and Joel Embiid have their history, but he wanted to make it a point to say he is very happy to see Embiid back and healthy from COVID. “That’s bigger than basketball… I’ve seen people die from that.”
Kyle Neubeck: Embiid said tonight’s loss was on him and that the layoff wasn’t an excuse for not executing in crunch time. When Maxey was asked about what happened on his last turnover, Embiid interrupted him to say he was supposed to roll harder and that he made Maxey’s pass more difficult pic.twitter.com/7O45sonBiF
Mike Lynch: Embiid is now 0-14 on potential go-ahead shots in the final 5 seconds of 4th quarter or OT (including playoffs). That’s the most attempts w/o a make by anyone since 1996-97. Kukoc is 2nd on list but had several makes pre-96 https://t.co/1sxiecHEBP pic.twitter.com/xQ1PK67eO6
But when the Timberwolves needed a defensive stop down one in their 121-120 double overtime victory over Philadelphia, the Wolves weren’t taking Russell off the floor. He delivered with a steal that led to the winning bucket from Taurean Prince with 4.8 seconds remaining in the second overtime. “Criticism, I try to stay away from it,” Russell said. “My boys criticize me more than media.” His boys were singing his praises after Saturday. “That’s probably one of the best D’Angelo Russell performances I’ve ever seen,” Towns said. “I’ve seen him get 50 against us, but the difference between this game and that game … is the defense he played as well as the offense he gave us.”