JD Shaw: Pistons’ Killian Hayes (right hip subluxation) will miss at least eight weeks of action, the team says. He’ll be treated with rest and rehabilitation.
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Omari Sanfoka II: Troy Weaver on Killian Hayes’ injury: “It’s a gut punch for the kid, because he wants to be successful like any other rookie and now that progress has to be slowed down and he has to make sure he takes care of his business and his injury.”
Rod Beard: Non-democracy tweet: #Pistons coach Dwane Casey says there’s no timetable on Killian Hayes’ return from his hip injury.
Detroit Pistons rookie point guard Killian Hayes could miss 4-6 weeks with a torn right labrum, if he doesn’t have surgery, sources told Yahoo Sports. Hayes suffered the injury Monday night in the Pistons’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Surgery is an option, sources say, and if Hayes does have surgery he could miss the rest of the season. Fortunately, there’s no apparent structural or vascular damage, and doctors believe he’ll fully recover with rehab. The Pistons are sending Hayes to a specialist to determine the next option.
Shams Charania: Detroit Pistons rookie Killian Hayes has suffered a labral tear in his hip, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Hayes, the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft, sustained the injury on a drive to the basket in Milwaukee on Monday.
The injuries seem to be coming in spurts, with the Pistons losing rookie Killian Hayes to an apparent hip injury during Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the third quarter, Hayes was running to contest a fast-break layup and after planting his right leg awkwardly, he crumpled to the floor and immediately grabbed at his right hip and thigh area.
Hayes stayed on the court for a few minutes and was attended to by the team medical staff. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game. “He’s going to have an MRI (Tuesday) and we’ll find out more,” coach Dwane Casey said. “(The medical staff) thought it was a hip flexor but they weren’t sure, so they’re going to see.”
The hope as an organization is that these early struggles would eventually translate to more steady performances in the second half of the season. Even then, you’re not expecting an All-Star talent to emerge all of a sudden, but you do want to see strides, a comfortability that can only be developed through more bumps and bruises. Whether it’s weeks or months until Hayes returns — it very well could just be days — he’ll return searching for that solace on the court that could have been discovered during the time missed from injury. Hayes’ understanding of what he can and can’t do might have been more fleshed out. Any serious time missed could delay his rookie year timeline.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin (concussion protocol) is OUT tonight vs. #Celtics. Killian Hayes (sprained ankle) is questionable and Jahllil Okafor (ankle) is probable. #DFS
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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.”