Basketball : NBA 2017/2018
Grizzlies sign Myke Henry
The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard-forward Myke Henry to a two-way contract Saturday and waived forward Vince Hunter. The 6-foot-6 Henry has played the last two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA G League team, the Oklahoma City Blue. He played in 26 games with one start for the Blue this season where he averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Henry, 25, was not drafted in 2016 after finishing his career at DePaul.
Waiters decides to have ankle surgery
Miami Heat announced Friday night that guard Dion Waiters has decided to have surgery on his long-problematic left ankle. No timetable for his return was announced, though Waiters has previously said he was told it might take eight to 10 months to recover from such a procedure. "We are confident this surgery will resolve all of the issues with the ankle," the Heat said in a statement. "This process will not just repair the ankle, but also kick-start a whole new reboot for Dion. A full recovery is expected."
Gold. St. 11.1.18
Curry ruled out after reinjuring ankle
Golden State star Stephen Curry was out for Wednesday night's home game against the Clippers after he slipped and re-sprained his troublesome right ankle. The Warriors updated their injury report to include Curry's status. It's the same injury that recently sidelined him for 11 games, though coach Steve Kerr said "I don't think it's serious." No MRI or X-rays were scheduled for now though Curry was sore and the Warriors won't take any chances.
LaVine to make Bulls debut
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, who was acquired in a draft-day trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, is expected to play Saturday when the Bulls host the Pistons. His debut comes 11 months after he had surgery on a torn ACL in his left knee. LaVine averaged 18.9 points per game for Minnesota last season. The 22-year-old hasn't played since he tore his ACL during a February 3 game against Detroit.
Raptors could be without Lowry against Miami
The Toronto Raptors beat the Nets on Monday night, but they left Brooklyn uncertain about the status of injured All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. The club said Lowry sustained "an acute back spasm" and would be reevaluated Tuesday. Lowry hit the court hard on a play under the basket late in overtime. He had trouble getting to his feet and when he did, his legs buckled. He was carried to the dressing room and then taken for x-rays.
San Ant. 8.1.18
Leonard suffers partial tear in shoulder
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has a partial tear in his left shoulder. He sustained the injury during the Spurs' 103-89 win Friday over the Phoenix Suns. The game against the Suns was just Leonard's eighth appearance of the season after missing the first 27 games with right quadriceps tendinopathy. Leonard had 21 points and three rebounds in 29 minutes against Phoenix.
Drummond out against Rockets
Andre Drummond is out for Detroit's game Saturday night against Houston because of a right rib contusion. The star center played in Friday night's loss at Philadelphia , but the Pistons are holding him out against the Rockets. Detroit is also missing point guard Reggie Jackson, out with a right ankle sprain.
Cavs welcome Thomas to starting lineup
For most of this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were forced to mix and match at point guard while waiting for Isaiah Thomas to fully recover from his hip injuries. Thomas made his debut for the Cavaliers on Tuesday and when they visit the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, he will be in the starting lineup. Thomas readied himself for his starting debut by scoring 17 points in just under 19 minutes during Tuesday's 127-110 win over Portland. After practice Friday, Thomas said he was playing at about 80 percent.
Bulls to decide return date for LaVine next week
The Chicago Bulls hope to decide on a return date for guard Zach LaVine early next week. LaVine will travel with the team to games at Dallas and Indiana on Friday and Saturday. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the two-time slam dunk champion will meet with doctors, trainers, management and coaches after the Bulls return home. LaVine averaged 18.9 points in 47 games for Minnesota last season before tearing the ACL in his left knee.
Harden out at least 2 weeks
Rockets star James Harden will miss at least two weeks with a left hamstring strain. The team announced Monday that the NBA's leading scorer has a grade 2 strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Harden was injured on a missed layup late in the fourth quarter of Houston's 148-142 double-overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Harden, who has played every game this season, has been extremely durable during his career, missing just two games since the start of the 2014-15 season.
|4||New York||45.5||20-24 (44)|
|2||San Ant.||64.4||29-16 (45)|
|3||New Orl.||52.4||22-20 (42)|
|1||Gold. St.||80.0||36-9 (45)|
|2||LA Clipp.||51.2||22-21 (43)|
|4||LA Lakers||34.9||15-28 (43)|
|15.1||Brooklyn - New York||104 : 119|
|15.1||Philadel. - Toronto||117 : 111|
|15.1||Washing. - Milwaukee||95 : 104|
|15.1||Atlanta - San Ant.||102 : 99|
|15.1||Chicago - Miami||119 : 111|
|15.1||Cleveland - Gold. St.||108 : 118|
|15.1||Detroit - Charlotte||107 : 118|
|15.1||Memphis - LA Lakers||123 : 114|
|15.1||Utah - Indiana||94 : 109|
|15.1||LA Clipp. - Houston||113 : 102|
|15.1||Oklahoma - Sacram.||95 : 88|
|14.1||Miami - Milwaukee||97 : 79|
|14.1||New York - New Orl.||118 : 123|
|14.1||Minnesota - Portland||120 : 103|
|14.1||Phoenix - Indiana||97 : 120|
|home wins||58 %|
|away wins||42 %|
League format : Basketball : NBA 2017/2018
NBA teams play divisional opponents four times each (two home games and two road games), conference opponents outside the division three or four times each and opponents outside the conference two times each (one home game and one road game). Within each conference, the three division winners and the five other teams with the most wins qualify for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record. All rounds of the NBA Playoffs will be best-of-7 games.