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.
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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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James Edwards III: #Pistons’ Blake Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure today, the team announced. He’s not expected to miss any planned offseason training.
David Aldridge: No shock: Pistons announce that Blake Griffin had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in L.A. Team says Griffin is not expected to miss “any planned offseason training or preparation” for next season.
Mirjam Swanson: More Kerr, re: Clips: “Closeout games are always difficult, especially against a team like this (that’s) really well connected and enjoys playing together. They have a really good thing going — they’re on the rise. They’re going to be tough to beat tonight and we know that.”
The FBI is investigating whether the longtime business manager of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and his family defrauded them of millions of dollars, according to two law enforcement officials. Until recently, Ball said he and his family had no idea that Gregory Alan Foster, who he described as “like my second dad,” had served time in federal prison for taking part in a scheme that deprived investors of $3.735 million.
Authorities say the investigation is focused on allegations included in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court this month by Lonzo Ball and Big Baller Brand. The suit alleges Foster took more than $1.5 million out of the company’s bank accounts and accepted “substantial undisclosed referral fees” from at least eight loans he arranged on behalf of the company.