NBA Rumor: PJ Tucker Injury

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Heat forward PJ Tucker, sidelined since sustaining a strained calf last week against Atlanta, told Erik Spoelstra he intends to be ready for Sunday’s Game 1. “It’s encouraging,” Spoelstra said. “He’s been doing round the clock treatment. From the night he got hurt to what he just told me today walking off the court, his message has been the same. He’ll be ready and don’t think otherwise with a few other expletives.” Tucker wasn’t a full practice participant on Tuesday but shot on the side.

Ira Winderman: Heat injury report for Thursday vs. Pistons is out, with the following all listed as out: Jimmy Butler (tailbone) Bam Adebayo (thumb) Markieff Morris (neck) Victor Oladipo (knee) Caleb Martin (protocols) P.J. Tucker (leg) No other players currently on injury report.

PJ Tucker’s consecutive games streak in jeopardy?

It wasn’t clear when Tucker suffered his injury, but he was late making his way back to the court after halftime — which suggests it may have also occurred in the first half. He limped through several possessions during the third quarter and eventually went back to the locker room. Tucker hasn’t missed a game in the regular season or playoffs since signing with the Rockets in July 2017. Overall, he has the NBA’s longest active streak of consecutive games played at 265. Conceivably, that could be in jeopardy when Houston next plays on Saturday in New York.

Tucker was successfully stepping up his rehab workload after feeling soreness in his right hamstring during the Rockets’ pick-up games last Thursday. But D’Antoni did not want that progress to fool Tucker into giving in to the temptation to join the practices going on without him. “We’re all anxious, and I know he’s really anxious to get out and play, but we have to slow down,” D’Antoni said. “I just told him this morning, we have to make sure he’s healthy all year. If you miss one practice now instead of (missing) two weeks later, it’s more important. We’ll be careful with him. He is further ahead of what they thought. He’ll start doing some things pretty soon.”

PJ Tucker out six to eight weeks

Suns forward P.J. Tucker will miss training camp, preseason and likely the early parts of the regular season after undergoing a low back microsectomy procedure Thursday. Valley spine specialist Dr. Dennis Crandall performed the surgery, which typically addresses a herniated lumbar disk and relieves nerve pressure. The team’s announcement did not give specifics beyond stating Tucker would be out six to eight weeks. That puts a return to basketball activity either immediately after the Suns’ Oct. 26 regular-season opener or closer to Nov. 10 after eight Suns games.
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