John Meyer: Covington says he’s been cleared to play again + Teague is testing this whole player/coach thing out. pic.twitter.com/sZx3fesipJ
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Jon Krawczynski: Robert Covington had arthroscopic surgery today to remove some loose bodies in his right knee and address continued swelling, Wolves say. No timetable for his return, but surgery was done to aid his recovery from a bone bruise.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are not officially out of the playoff chase, but to reach that difficult goal, they’ll have to do so with a decidedly shorthanded roster. The team announced today that forward Robert Covington and guards Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague are all expected to miss the rest of the season due to injury. Rose and Teague had missed the last four games with injury, with Rose suffering with soreness and swelling in his right elbow while Teague had re-aggravated a left foot injury originally suffered in December.
Dane Moore: Robert Covington, Luol Deng, Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague will all miss the Timberwolves Thursday evening game against Charlotte. Taj Gibson is also questionable to play — he missed the second half on Tuesday with a calf strain. Running out of 30 year-olds quick…
Dane Moore: Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Robert Covington are all OUT tonight against the Warriors. No specific updates on timetables for any of those players.
Dane Moore: Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns are questionable for the Wolves game at Denver tomorrow. Robert Covington and Luol Deng will be out again. That will be Covington’s 31st game missed in a row.
Dane Moore: Robert Covington participating in today’s Wolves practice. pic.twitter.com/tJCnegm4Rm
Kevin Chouinard: For tomorrow’s game in Atlanta, Jeff Teague (left knee soreness) is questionable and Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) is out.
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.”
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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August 18, 2019 | 9:06 pm EDT Update
Entering his fifth season, Richardson was involved in a five-game playoff series loss two years ago against the Sixers. There have been many other, heated games with the two teams. His biggest perception of Philadelphia as an opposing player? “The fans, man,” Josh Richardson said during Saturday’s annual Sixers Summer Shore Tour at the PigDog Beach Bar BQ in Wildwood. “The first thing you think about is how hard the fans are to opposing players. It is tough playing against that and I am excited to play on the same side of those fans.”
In looking at his new team, Richardson noted something he thought he would never see, that he will be the smallest player in the starting lineup. The rest of the projected lineup is 6-10 point guard Ben Simmons, 6-9 small forward Tobias Harris, 6-10 power forward Al Horford and 7-2 center Joel Embiid. “I have never been that ever in my life,” Richardson said about being the smallest. “This will be interesting, looking up to my teammates, talking in huddles.”
Not surprisingly, his summer has been spent working overtime on all aspects of his game. “I’ve been grinding,” he said. Smith says he has benefited from extra summer work in the weight room. The Sixers list him at 199 pounds. He said he was about 205 the last time he was weighed before the summer and now says he is 212 pounds. He hopes to become a solid rotation player. “That is the goal,” he said. “Get in the rotation and play hard and do what I do and have fun.”
August 18, 2019 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Grizzlies are granting the Los Angeles Lakers permission to speak with Dwight Howard, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ramona Shelburne: As @VeniceMase and I discussed the other day on @ESPNLosAngeles … Dwight Howard may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process.