Dane Moore: Robert Covington on the nature of bone bruises and why they don’t have a timetable: “It’s no real timetable because they’re so unfortunate and so nagging. They’re weird. There’s no timetable. It’s just basically how you feel.”
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Dane Moore: Robert Covington will be out “a while” per Tom Thibodeau. It’s a bone bruise. No surgery needed.
Christopher Hine: Robert Covington questionable for tomorrow’s game because of right ankle soreness. Jeff Teague upgraded to questionable from his usual doubtful. Derrick Rose still doubtful. Maybe there’s a chance the Wolves get Teague back tomorrow.
Dane Moore: Robert Covington elaborated on his knee ailment after tonight’s game. “It’s trending in the right direction. And everything is going the way I want it to… It’s a day-to-day thing we have running. Now we can get back into a nice flow.”
Robert Covington has insisted the right knee that caused him to miss a game against Portland on Dec. 9 is fine. Coach Tom Thibodeau also said Covington is fine physically. Covington’s short absence knocked him off a rhythm that had Covington playing at a high level and that could be one reason why the Wolves’ defense slacked on their 0-4 road trip that ended with a 107-99 loss to Phoenix on Saturday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
“He’s fine in terms of health but when you’re out for five days you’re out of rhythm,” Thibodeau said. “That’s where I think he is. We just have to let him work through it and get him going … “He’s one of those guys, you can tell when he’s in rhythm. …. Physically now he’s good and he’s just got get his basketball rhythm back. He’s been around so he’ll get his rhythm back fairly quickly. It’s unfortunate it came at the time it did.”
Covington didn’t quite see it that way after the game. “The injury, it’s not that serious. It’s just being more precautious of everything,” Covington said. “I still [have] the same attention to details there. It’s just the way things have transpired collectively it takes away what we’ve been doing.”
Christopher Hine: Thibodeau said Covington will play tonight, as expected from shootaround today.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers SF Robert Covington will play tonight.
Serena Winters: Robert Covington (lower back soreness) is good to go tonight. Brett Brown says no restrictions.
Jessica Camerato: Covington had x-rays on his left middle finger, which came back negative. He did light shooting and will receive treatment tomorrow to determine his availability vs. Nuggets. Anderson (shin splints) is doubtful. Today was a maintenance day for the Sixers, not a full practice.
Derek Bodner: Robert Covington will play tomorrow
Jerry Zgoda: Sixers call Embiid and McConnell both available tonight vs. Wolves, Covington (lower back contusion) out
Keith Pompey: No announcement made on the availability of #Sixers’ @TJ McConnell, @Robert Covington and @Joel Embiid yet. Coach Brett Brown “I’m told it’s going to be a game-time decision.”
Jerry Zgoda: The Sixers list Joel Embiid (back tightness) and Robert Covington (lower back contusion) are questionable for Tuesday’s game vs. Wolves. Embiid told reporters in New Orleans yesterday that he expects to play.
Robert Covington might miss the 76ers’ next two games because of a lower-back contusion. The small forward will miss Sunday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. He’s listed as doubtful for Tuesday night’s matchup vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Jessica Camerato: Robert Covington (right knee hyperflexion) will return. #Sixers #Hawks
Dan Gelston: Sixers forward Robert Covington underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery today to address a meniscus tear in his right knee.
Jessica Camerato: Robert Covington will get treatment, further evaluation back in Philadelphia while the Sixers’ medical staff and doctors review his MRI.
Bob Cooney: Covington had MRI today on right knee after he had swelling last night. No results, yet
Jessica Camerato: Covington is available to play tonight.
Keith Pompey: Robert Covington is out with right knee soreness. He’s listed as day-to-day.
Derek Bodner: Robert Covington, head contusion, will not return. #sixers
Jessica Camerato: Embiid not with the team, Covington questionable, Noel probable.
76ers forward Robert Covington was taken off on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital after sustaining an apparent neck injury in the third quarter of Friday night’s game over the Brooklyn Nets. “It’s precautionary stuff, just doing tests on his neck to try and learn a little bit more about that,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said after Philadelphia’s 95-89 victory. “Right now, we have nothing more that we know or can say.”
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The Wizards’ sole All-Star representative is looking three-and-a-half months ahead to the start of free agency — and maybe even beyond that. Beal joked to The Athletic on Friday that he may have to spend the weekend tampering with the other 25 All-Stars in Charlotte. Then again, maybe he wasn’t joking too much. The two-way recruiting has already begun, as he admitted following Sunday’s game. “It was really crazy,” Beal said. “A lot of guys were coming to talk to me and asking me how I feel. The recruiting process is really going all right. It’s going all right. I’m trying. This is new for me. So, I’m definitely getting some ears and seeing where guys’ minds are at.”
Still, the league does not enforce player-on-player recruiting as if it were tampering. So, in this case, Beal can “tamper” away. And opponents can return the favor. “Guys were, ‘So, what y’all doing in D.C.? How is D.C.?’ Or I’m asking, ‘What’s your situation? What you thinking about? How you feeling? Any changes need to be made?’” he said.
So, uhhh, who was it? “I can’t name no names. I’m not gonna name no names. I ain’t gonna name no names. You’re not gonna have me out here for tampering. I ain’t gonna throw no names out. I’m keeping them in my piggy bank, my back pocket right here,” Beal said. “But in July, hopefully we can do something.” Beal, who has two seasons remaining on his contract with the Wizards and says he wants to stick around, is a known shooter, but this is a halfcourt heave. Props to him for at least being the guy who chucks before the end-of-quarter buzzer sounds.
Scott Kushner: AD said the weekend really wasn’t any different for him than typical All-Star Games despite the scrutiny surrounding his trade request. “Great to be around family and the other All Stars” He also doesn’t think it will be an issue returning to New Orleans to finish the season.
Scott Kushner: I just spoke to AD. He said the plan was to just play a limited amount so he wouldn’t “mess the shoulder up” any further. But he said of the shoulder, “it’s fine”. He also said he expects to play when the Pelicans’ schedule resumes next week and will play his normal workload.
Matt Velazquez: Khris Middleton was asked about his future postgame: “I’ll think about the summertime in the summertime. We have a lot more work to do, hopefully. The second half of the season is going to be tough. We’ve been playing great basketball, so that’s the only thing I’m worried about.”
James said he’s healthy and focused on the stretch run. “I feel great,” James said. “Looking forward to the second half of the season. Looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race. That’s my only mindset. That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.”