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Jonathan Feigen: Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute upgraded to questionable to play Sunday vs. Jazz.
Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute began shooting over the weekend, but still has not been given a timetable for his return from a dislocated shoulder. Mbah a Moute said last week that he had been progressing more quickly from the injury April 10 than he did when he dislocated the shoulder in December, forcing him to miss a month, but the Rockets have not estimated when he might return.
“He’s closer,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s still too early to put a timetable on it, yet. Next week, he’ll be re-evaluated. I think he’ll be real close next week, but I don’t know that for sure.”
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni on Luc Mbah a Moute not ruling out a potential return in the first round: “I don’t think we’re close enough to be able to say yeah he can come back this round, next round. We don’t know yet…It’s not too far down the road.” #Rockets
Kelly Iko: Luc Mbah a Moute says his rehab is already ahead of schedule, but doesn’t want to put a specific date on his return. Slim possibility of a return this series. #Rockets
Mark Berman: Luc Mbah a Moute (@Luc Richard Mbah a Moute): “I’m going to try my best to get back when I can, whether it’s this series, next series or whenever, but the focus is about winning game 2.” #Rockets
Tim MacMahon: Rockets F Luc Mbah a Moute said his dislocated right shoulder is “much better than last time.” He missed a month earlier this season, but he doesn’t expect to be out as long this time. He declined to be specific about a timetable but indicated the second round is a possibility.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni with a Luc Mbah a Moute update: “It’s a lot better than what it was the first time.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: After MRI this morning, Houston’s Luc Mbah A Moute is likely to miss first-round of playoffs with dislocated right shoulder, league source tells ESPN. For now, there’s no clear timetable on return.
Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the second quarter Tuesday night and didn’t return to the Rockets’ 105-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Mbah a Moute suffered the injury while dunking in the second quarter. He held his shoulder in pain and immediately left the game with 6:46 remaining in the first half.
A nine-year veteran, Mbah a Moute missed 15 games after dislocating his right shoulder in mid-December, but a source said the initial feeling with Tuesday’s injury is that it might not be as severe. Mbah a Moute will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he will await results before assessing Mbah a Moute’s status.
Jonathan Feigen: Mbah a Moute to get an MRI in the morning. D’Antoni said initially does not look as bad as last time.
Adam Wexler: #Rockets Capela (Thumb), Harden (Rest) & Mbah a Moute ( Knee) are OUT: Paul (Hamstring) is probable vs. Bulls
Mark Berman: Luc Mbah a Moute (@LucMbahaMoute), out with left knee soreness, says he could play tonight if the #Rockets had to get this game: “If I had to play I definitely could play, but u want to be smart..Hopefully we’ll be playing for awhile.We want to be healthy & good for the playoffs” pic.twitter.com/fB91VCkUvB
Jonathan Feigen: Luc Mbah a Moute is out with a sore left knee. Will not return.
Jonathan Feigen: No restrictions on Rockets F Luc Mbah a Moute in his return tonight, other than how he battles the rust after a month out.
Luc Mbah a Moute got in a long workout before the Rockets practice in Chicago on Sunday, but has not been cleared for practices and said he does not yet have a target for his return from a dislocated shoulder.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni on Clint Capela: “I’m hopeful he’ll play (against OKC). If not, the next game.” On Chris Paul: “Chris is not to far away.” Said Luc Mbah a Moute is “a little bit longer” away. #Rockets
Jonathan Feigen: Luc Mbah a Moute said feels very fortunate shoulder injury was not worse, optimistic can return in two weeks though he said too soon to really predict.
Adrian Wojnarowski: MRI on right shoulder of Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute revealed no significant issues, and there’s optimism that he could return within two-to-three weeks, league source tells ESPN.
Jonathan Feigen: Luc Mbah a Moute back from an illness for Rockets. D’Antoni said he’ll probably have to limit playing time because of fatigue in his return.
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni said even with Mbah a Moute out, he’s holding Chris Paul to 20 minutes. Said if not, Jason Biles would tackle him. Expect Chris Paul to be held to 20 minutes again Saturday in Memphis. After that, and three days between games, TBD.
Jonathan Feigen: Luc Mbah a Moute is out with an illness for Rockets vs. Suns tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: Luc Mbah a Moute good to go for Rockets vs. Grizzlies, D’Antoni said.
Mark Berman: Luc Mbah a Moute (bruised knee) out tonight
Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute returned to practice on Wednesday to test his progress coming back from a bruised left knee. The Rockets’ sixth man is listed as questionable to play against the Cavaliers on Thursday. “It’s still painful,” Mbah a Moute said. “Obviously, didn’t do anything (Tuesday), trying to see what I can do. But it’s getting better. It’s in a weird spot. It’s hard to get there sometimes. From the feel of it, I feel better.”
Jonathan Feigen: Looks like Rockets F Luc Mbah a Moute, who left Sunday’s game with a bruised knee, will be cleared in time to play on Thursday, per source.
Kelly Iko: MDA hopes that Luc’s knee isn’t too bad. Doesn’t know the extent of the injury just yet. The two off days will help a lot.
Jonathan Feigen: Luc Mbah a Moute out with a bruised knee.
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August 16, 2018 | 7:13 pm EDT Update
After missing all of last season due to injury, Brandon Knight is back and looking forward to becoming a leader for the Suns young core. The 26-year-old point guard used the time off the court as a learning experience to help build his leadership skills. “When you can’t play, you can’t affect the game on the court,” Knight said. “I just found other ways to try to help my teammates be better. Whether that be telling tidbits I saw when I observed. I just tried to be a veteran presence on our team and just lead through that.”
Knight is just two years removed from his highest scoring average of his career (19.6 ppg) and is ready to get back on the court. “I’ve been excited since December, since I started running. I’m looking forward to it. I’m very excited about it,” Knight said.
Knight is ready to team up with the young core and build something special in Phoenix. “I already know how I can help and how I can play with them. I know their strengths and weaknesses just from watching them all season,” Knight said. “Hopefully it will be quick building chemistry with them once I get back in, once I get back playing.”
Curry reveals details about the arguments that Green and Golden State head coach Steve Kerr get into that wind up stopping practices, but he adds that by the end of practice, it’s like nothing ever happened. “The respect level between them two is at an all-time high,” Curry says to Simmons, “but they have their moments, and it’s just amazing entertainment to watch in practice.”
Stephen Curry: “Coach’s first year, we were doing some five-on-five drill, and Draymond loves talking trash to the whole team. It doesn’t matter if it’s me. Shaun Livingston was posting me up on the block, and I had no chance to try to contest the shot. He did a little Shaun Livingston vintage turnaround. Draymond’s like, ‘He’s too small, Dot! He’s too small, Dot! Baby food!’ Like yelling all that stuff during the middle of practice, and he’s on my team. Like bro, come on.”
Pro basketball player Rudy Gay is part of a new edtech initiative in his hometown. Through a partnership with D.C.–based EVERFI, Gay’s Flight 22 Foundation is supporting entrepreneurship courses in Baltimore high schools. According to a news release, the Foundation is offering an interactive, web-based course designed to teach students to think entrepreneurially about business and life.”
“The Flight 22 Foundation is dedicated to providing quality entrepreneurial education to the students and families of in the communities we serve,” Gay said in a statement. “We know that our partnership with EVERFI will ensure we truly reach students and give them the skills to be our future leaders.”