Basketball : NBA 2016/2017
|24.Orlando - Detroit|
|Washing. - Brooklyn|
|Indiana - Denver|
|Charlotte - Cleveland|
|Boston - Phoenix|
|Chicago - Philadel.|
|Milwaukee - Atlanta|
|Houston - New Orl.|
|Gold. St. - Sacram.|
|LA Lakers - Minnesota|
Embiid to undergo surgery
The Philadelphia 76ers say center Joel Embiid will undergo surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. Team spokesman Mike Preston said before Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City that Embiid will have the surgery "in the coming days." Coach Brett Brown said "there has been tremendous due diligence ... and research" before the decision about surgery was made. He said Embiid "took an active role" in making the decision.
Allen out vs. Pelicans
Memphis shooting guard Tony Allen has been ruled out for the Grizzlies' game at New Orleans due to a sore left knee. Coach David Fizdale says the Grizzlies want to be cautious so Allen's injury doesn't turn into something more serious as the regular season winds down. Allen is averaging 9.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game this season. He has played in 61 games, starting 56.
Okafor out with right knee soreness
Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor is sitting out Monday's game against the Orlando Magic because of soreness in his right knee. Okafor initially experienced soreness in the knee during the first half of Sunday's win over the Boston Celtics and did not play in the second half. Okafor is day to day as the 76ers begin a five-game road trip.
Millsap, Bazemore to miss time for Hawks
All-Star forward Paul Millsap will miss at least two more games with a left knee injury, while guard Kent Bazemore is expected to miss at least a week with a bruised right knee, more bad news for the struggling Atlanta Hawks. Millsap will definitely miss Monday's game at Charlotte and Wednesday's contest at Washington, while Bazemore could miss up to six games.
Thomas out again
The Boston Celtics will again try to hold the fort without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. Thomas, the league's second-leading scorer at 29.2 points per game, missed Friday's 98-95 victory in Brooklyn with a bone bruise on his right knee, and will again sit out against the Sixers.
New Orl. 17.3.17
Cousins out with knee, rib soreness
The New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins has been scratched from the lineup for Friday night's game against Houston because of left knee soreness and a right rib bruise. Cousins has been examined by team physicians and that an MRI scan on his left knee did not show any structural damage. Cousins, a Western Conference All-Star is averaging 26.7 points and 10.8 rebounds on the season as a whole, and 20.7 points and 11.8 rebounds since his trade to the Pelicans.
Cavs get Kevin Love back
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love returned to the starting lineup against the Utah Jazz on Thursday. He played for the first time since having surgery on his left knee last month, and scored 10 points in 19 minutes. But Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert left with injuries. Irving didn't play in the fourth quarter because of tightness in his left knee and said he left for precautionary reasons. Shumpert sprained his left shoulder in the third quarter and is listed as day-to-day.
Suns bench Bledsoe for rest of season
The Phoenix Suns are benching Eric Bledsoe, arguably their best player, for the final 15 games of the season. General manager Ryan McDonough said the 27-year-old point guard is healthy and the decision was made to give him some rest and further expand playing time for the team's younger players. McDonough knows the Bledsoe decision will be seen as a sign the team is looking to lose more games to improve its draft status but said that the young players have already played well and been competitive in expanded roles. The Suns, at 22-46, have the third-worst record in the NBA.
Wade out for rest of season
The Bulls' push for a playoff spot took a significant hit Thursday as an MRI exam on Dwyane Wade's right elbow showed a broken bone in the joint in addition to a sprain that will sideline him for the rest of the regular season. Wade left in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 98-91 loss to the Grizzlies with the injury. He was averaging 19.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 30.2 minutes per game in his first season.
Wade sprains shooting elbow
Guard Dwyane Wade left early in the fourth quarter with a sprained right elbow and didn't return in Chicago's 98-91 loss to Memphis on Wednesday night at the United Center. Wade suffered the injury when his elbow was caught awkwardly while battling Zach Randolph and others for a rebound. Wade will have an MRI on Thursday morning. It's not clear yet whether he'll travel with the Bulls when they leave in the early afternoon for a road game against the Wizards on Friday night.
|3||New York||37.5||27-45 (72)|
|1||San Ant.||77.5||55-16 (71)|
|5||New Orl.||42.3||30-41 (71)|
|1||Gold. St.||80.3||57-14 (71)|
|2||LA Clipp.||58.9||43-30 (73)|
|5||LA Lakers||28.2||20-51 (71)|
|23.3||Miami - Toronto||84 : 101|
|23.3||Brooklyn - Phoenix||126 : 98|
|23.3||Dallas - LA Clipp.||97 : 95|
|23.3||San Ant. - Memphis||97 : 90|
|23.3||Portland - New York||110 : 95|
|22.3||Boston - Indiana||109 : 100|
|22.3||Orlando - Charlotte||102 : 109|
|22.3||Washing. - Atlanta||104 : 100|
|22.3||Chicago - Detroit||117 : 95|
|22.3||Denver - Cleveland||126 : 113|
|22.3||Utah - New York||108 : 101|
|22.3||Sacram. - Milwaukee||98 : 116|
|22.3||Oklahoma - Philadel.||122 : 97|
|21.3||Miami - Phoenix||112 : 97|
|21.3||Brooklyn - Detroit||98 : 96|
|home wins||58 %|
|away wins||42 %|
League format : Basketball : NBA 2016/2017
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.