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Justin Grasso: #Sixers Seth Curry and George Hill remain probable for tonight’s game Russell Westbrook, who was questionable for the #Wizards is upgraded to available
Chase Hughes: Russell Westbrook will play in Game 3 despite being a gametime decision, the Wizards announce. Not a surprise at all, given his history of fighting through injuries.
Noah Levick: Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook (right ankle sprain) is a game-time decision for tonight.
Ava Wallace: Westbrook’s done no activity but get treatment in the last 48 hours, Scott Brooks says.
Neil Dalal: Russell Westbrook (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Wizards for Game 3 vs. 76ers. He tweaked it twice and the second one knocked him out of the game before the popcorn incident.
Chase Hughes: Russell Westbrook did not practice today due to his sore ankle. He got treatment instead, per Scott Brooks. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Fred Katz: Russell Westbrook said tonight that he played the early part of a season with a torn quad muscle. The quad injury was public knowledge, but not the severity.
Paul Garcia: Coach Brooks says Russell Westbrook will play tonight. Robin Lopez is out. Rui is available as well.
Ava Wallace: Russell Westbrook will return from his quad injury tonight. He won’t play regular minutes, but “We didn’t put him out there if he didn’t feel great,” Scott Brooks said.
Ava Wallace: Scott Brooks on Westbrook’s timeline: “It all just basically comes down to how you feel the next day after a good workload. …If he feels great [tomorrow], then we can make some decisions then. If he doesn’t, we can always wait another game or two or three.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook “feels much better… it is day-to-day.” He says Westbrook will be re-evaluated early next week to see when he will be back on court, whenever the Wizards are allowed back on court.
Quinton Mayo: Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook will be reevaluated early next week.
Quinton Mayo: Sources: There is a fear within the Washington Wizards organization that PG Russell Westbrook has suffered a major setback in his quadricep. He is expected to miss at least 3-4 weeks of action.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Russell Westbrook will miss a week with left quad injury, Wizards say.
Russell Westbrook, who was acquired from the Houston Rockets in exchange for John Wall (21.2 points, 5.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 34.6 minutes) is dealing with a new right quad injury that is likely to hold him out of action for at least a week (Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons), my sources tell me. Also, he still hasn’t quite found his footing in a “familiar” Scott Brooks scheme, alongside Beal.
Fred Katz: Russell Westbrook (left quad) is out tonight, Scott Brooks says. Raul Neto will start at point guard.
Fred Katz: Scott Brooks says he doesn’t know if Westbrook will miss multiple games with the quad injury. He’s “got hit with it the last couple of games.” Brooks says Westbrook’s quad is “pretty sore.”
Fred Katz: Russell Westbrook says he dislocated his finger. “Shit hurt,” he said. “But I’ll be alright.” He said he doesn’t know if he’s going to miss any time.
Fred Katz: Scott Brooks says he hasn’t heard any news on Russell Westbrook’s hand. Westbrook exited the game with 26 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Russell Westbrook will be limited to 25 to 28 minutes. “He looked good. He looked normal. I’m sure he’ll be a little rusty, but he’ll bring a lot of energy and speed we need.”
Salman Ali: Russell Westbrook on being cleared to play: “I’m excited to play, but I’m also excited that we’re playing for a cause.”
Tim MacMahon: Mike D’Antoni on Russell Westbrook: “He’ll go through practice today, and if things are normal, we expect him to be ready to go.” D’Antoni anticipates that Westbrook will have a minutes restriction, but specifics have yet to be discussed.
Kelly Iko: Russell Westbrook will play in Game 5 on Saturday, according to multiple sources. Westbrook was ready and would have played in the originally scheduled game on Wednesday, prior to the walkout.
Tim MacMahon: Story filed to ESPN: The Houston Rockets held an instrasquad scrimmage Thursday to get All-Star guard Russell Westbrook his first full-speed 5-on-5 action since he was diagnosed with a strained right quadriceps, sources told @wojespn and I. Source: “Looked as explosive as ever.”
Kelly Iko: MDA on Westbrook: “Today, he’s doing great and he’s really working hard. Feels like he’s getting closer. He’s living in the training room and putting movement into where he can be 100 percent.”
Salman Ali: Russell Westbrook is out for Game 3.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni says today’s the 1st day Russell Westbrook will get on the court & do some running. “Any kind of contact he has not done that yet” As for Russell’s status for Sat Mike says the team has yet to announce that.He also joked that “at 5:30 we’ll tell u he’s probably out”
David Hardisty: Taking a 2-0 series lead without Russell Westbrook is huge, buying the Rockets more time to rest that quad. “We’re going to be careful with Russ,” said D’Antoni. “He’s too valuable to just throw out there no matter the situation.”
Adam Wexler: #Rockets D’Antoni on Westbrook’s next steps: “Keep strengthening it. It’ll go a little bit how he feels. I’m sure the next step is he’ll get on the court. Time will tell how long it takes. Once he gets on the court, (he/we’ll) be able to hone in on how many days (til he’s back).”
Jonathan Feigen: Mike D’Antoni on Russell Westbrook: “I don’t know how long it’s going to take. He’s working hard. I think it’s too early to tell you how many days. I don’t think anybody knows.”
Adam Wexler: #Rockets D’Antoni said before practice today there wasn’t really an update on Westbrook (quad). Said he’ll get an MRI today (or tomorrow). Said maybe that will tell them something. He doesn’t know yet.
Salman Ali: Mike D’Antoni said he doesn’t know yet the timetable on Russell Westbrook. He’ll be re-evaluated every other day until he’s healthy.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets expect Russell Westbrook to miss at least the start of the playoffs, source said. https://t.co/WrslB1EesE
Adam Wexler: #Rockets Gordon on not playing any games w/ a healthy rotation (Westbrook out for Fri vs Phi): “I don’t know anything really about Russ’ (injury) situation…Of course we’re going to need Russ, but we need to be a good enough team (if we have to) to make adjustments.”
Salman Ali: Russell Westbrook with strained quadriceps muscle in his right leg. Will be out for Friday’s game against Philadelphia and re-evaluated before the playoffs pic.twitter.com/SQmjuMVwcX
Salman Ali: Russell Westbrook is out tonight (right quad contusion). Ben McLemore will start tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: Russell Westbrook not listed among the Rockets starters.
Mark Berman: Russell Westbrook a late scratch due to a sore thumb.
“Russ looked good, he hasn’t been able to play basketball this summer,” Harden said. “Just getting to his rhythm and his basketball shape. We got two really good days of practice ahead of us, and get ready for Thursday.” Westbrook also has the issue of his dislocated fingers to deal with, but it’s not expected to keep him out of the opener. “If you’re going to have an injury, your finger is the best one to have,” a team executive said.
Russell Westbrook — who has been dealing with some dislocated fingers on his right hand — left the team’s game against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter in obvious discomfort. The star point guard lost the ball, immediately grabbed at his right hand, then ran off the court and directly into the tunnel leading to the Rockets’ locker room without stopping. He finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists on 6-of-13 shooting in 26 minutes. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Westbrook aggravated the finger issue, and will be fine.
Tim MacMahon: Mike D’Antoni said Russell Westbrook has a couple of dislocated fingers. Russ, who had his right pinky wrapped: “It’s all right. I learned a long time ago when I first got in the league, point guard fingers are always going to be f—ed up. That’s just what it is.”
Alykhan Bijani: The #Rockets will play the #Raptors Tuesday (5 AM Houston time). Russell Westbrook is listed as PROBABLE. The game will be on NBA TV. You can also listen to the game on radio as well (790 AM).
Per multiple sources who have watched the Rockets’ night scrimmages and practices, Westbrook is looking very quick and his knees haven’t been an issue, despite his not playing 5-on-5 basketball for the last three months because of his knee operation in May.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni says Russell Westbrook won’t play tonight, maybe not until the third or fourth preseason game, but also says that could change: “He’s had two good practices and he’s not quite ready today..When he feels ready to go, he’ll go.” #Rockets pic.twitter.com/DWUcOMFORk
Shams Charania: Sources with @Alykhan Bijani, @Kelly Iko: Rockets star Russell Westbrook is expected to sit first two preseason games and make his Houston debut when team plays Toronto Oct. 8 and 10 in Japan.
Tim MacMahon: Source: Russell Westbrook will not play in the Rockets’ preseason opener tonight against the Shanghai Sharks. The Rockets are exercising caution with Westbrook, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in the spring and was recently cleared for live 5-on-5 action.
Salman Ali: Russell Westbrook says he’s doing fine despite the knee procedure: “I’ll be ready to go for training camp.” pic.twitter.com/RC6BzKVtMy
Russell Westbrook underwent successful surgery to repair a ligament on the fourth metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) of his left hand. Westbrook also had a successful elective arthroscopic procedure on his right knee in preparation for offseason training. The 2016-17 NBA MVP is expected to return to full basketball activities in approximately three weeks.
Along with George — who will also soon have a procedure done to correct a small tear in the labrum of his left shoulder — All-Star guard Russell Westbrookhad a procedure done to repair a torn ligament in a finger on his left hand, league sources said.
Royce Young: One relevant note with regard to Westbrook’s knee: He’s only missed two games since the initial surgeries in 2013 because of the knee and those were the first two games of last season after having surgery in September.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said Russell Westbrook (right ankle) and Paul George (right shoulder) both participated in all activities during the Thunder’s light practice Monday.
Brett Dawson: Russell Westbrook will play tonight. No minutes restriction.
Royce Young: Russell Westbrook (ankle) is out tonight against the Suns. Billy Donovan says he’s better, but the team hasn’t done much full practicing so it’s hard for Donovan to say how close Westbrook is at this time.
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September 16, 2021 | 8:36 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: The Shanghai Sharks have signed former NBAers Jimmer Fredette and Noah Vonleh. This will be Fredette’s 5th season with Shanghai. He last played in the NBA in 2019 with the Phoenix Suns. Vonleh was briefly with the Brooklyn Nets last season. This is his first season with Shanghai.
NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Greece for a meeting with the country’s prime minister Thursday and a special ceremony to bestow Greek citizenship on his mother Veronica and younger brother Alex. Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship in July, attended the ceremony at the official residence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was granted Greek citizenship in 2013, allowing him to travel to the United States and join the Bucks later that year.
“We always felt Greek, but now we have an official stamp and we are happy,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after the ceremony. “Alex and my mom are Greek citizens now.” Antetokounmpo also traveled to Greece in August with his brother Thanassis, carrying the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy. He took the trophy to the ancient Acropolis in Athens to celebrate with members of his family.
September 16, 2021 | 8:07 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: Cleaning up some loose ends on TPEs for the Boston Celtics… The Celtics used the Daniel Theis $5M TPE to acquire Kris Dunn in the three-team deal with the Hawks and Kings. That leaves Boston with five current TPEs. Those TPEs and expiration dates are in the next tweet. 1/2
Keith Smith: Current Boston Celtics TPEs: $17,142,857- Evan Fournier – expires 7/18/22 $9,720,900- Tristan Thompson – expires 7/7/22 $5,096,479- Kemba Walker – expires 5/17/22 $500,000- Moses Brown – expires 6/27/22 $370,564- Jeff Teague – expires 2/11/22 Reminder: TPEs cannot be combined together! 2/2
McGee signed a one-year deal for a reported $5 million with the Suns after winning Olympic gold with Devin Booker in Tokyo. With Dario Saric recovering from a knee injury suffered in the NBA Finals, McGee will play a key role as a backup five to Deandre Ayton. “I feel like my game definitely helps Deandre Ayton in a major way just for the veteran leadership alone,” said McGee, 33, a three-time NBA champion who enters his 14th NBA season averaging 7.8 points on 57.1% shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for his career. “Also when he gets into foul trouble and having that veteran big to come in that’s 7 foot, block shots, defend, rebound and does all the intangibles that a real big man does,” McGee continued.