Basketball : NBA 2017/2018
|24.Philadel. - Minnesota|
|Orlando - Phoenix|
|Detroit - Chicago|
|Houston - New Orl.|
|Memphis - LA Lakers|
|Dallas - Charlotte|
Gold. St. 24.3.18
Curry returns, then injures knee
Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence nursing an injured right ankle only to go down again. Curry scored 29 points before spraining his knee in the second half, and the banged-up, undermanned Golden State Warriors held off the Atlanta Hawks 106-94 on Friday night. Curry sprained his medial collateral ligament and was scheduled for an MRI on Saturday, the Warriors said.
Irving set for surgery
The Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set to have surgery Saturday to alleviate pain in his left knee. Irving has been out since March 11, missing the last four games. There is no timetable for his return from the "minimally invasive" procedure. The knee is the same one that Irving injured in the 2015 NBA Finals that required surgery. Irving is averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Blakeney out for season
Guard Antonio Blakeney will miss the remainder of the season because of a broken bone in his left wrist. Blakeney suffered the injury during Monday's contest against the Knicks and tests revealed a non-displaced scaphoid fracture in his left wrist. He will end the campaign averaging 7.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 16.5 minutes in 19 appearances with Chicago.
Antetokounmpo leaves game with ankle sprain
Giannis Antetokounmpo has left the Milwaukee Bucks' game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. He appeared to get hurt his right ankle when he tripped over teammate Shabazz Muhammad under Milwaukee's basket. Antetokounmpo stayed in the game for a brief period, but hobbled around the court while grimacing. He went to the locker room with about four minutes remaining in the second quarter and did not return. Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.5 points per game. He had 12 points before departing.
Gold. St. 21.3.18
Curry cleared to return to practice
Stephen Curry has been medically cleared to resume full practice beginning Wednesday with the hope he can return from his latest right ankle injury later in the week. The two-time MVP rolled his ankle driving for a layup in the first quarter of a win against the Spurs on March 8 and has missed the last six games. Golden State hosts Atlanta on Friday, so if all goes well Curry could be back for that game or Sunday's home matchup with Utah.
New Orl. 20.3.18
Jackson has another surgery
The New Orleans Pelicans say rookie guard Frank Jackson won't make his NBA debut this season after having follow-up surgery to remove residual scar tissue from earlier right foot operations. The Pelicans acquired the 6-foot-4 Jackson through a draft-night trade with the Charlotte Hornets. Following the draft, the Pelicans signed Jackson to a three-year contract, but Jackson needed a second foot surgery last summer to address a setback following his initial surgery last May.
New Orl. 19.3.18
Hill makes season debut
The New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill made his season debut for the Pelicans, returning from a severely torn hamstring. Hill saw eight minutes of action, finishing with just one assist in Sunday's 108-89 victory over the Celtics. Coach Alvin Gentry says he intends to play Hill, a former starter, in a reserve role and that his playing tim will be "obviously very, very limited." Hill tore his left hamstring last summer. The 27-year-old averaged 7 points and 3.8 rebounds last season.
Gold. St. 17.3.18
Durant out with fractured rib
Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks with a fractured rib on his right side, joining fellow All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the injury list for the defending champion Golden State Warriors. An MRI exam Friday for the NBA Finals MVP revealed the incomplete fracture, and the Warriors said Durant would be re-evaluated in two weeks. Durant said he got hit in the ribs at Minnesota last Sunday and initially thought it was just a bruise, but he was sore the next couple of days.
Hawks sign Antonius Cleveland
The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard Antonius Cleveland to a multiyear contract. Cleveland was signed to two consecutive 10-day contracts before earning the new deal for the Hawks. Atlanta will need the backcourt depth after losing guard Kent Bazemore for the remainder of the season with a bone bruise in his right knee. Bazemore suffered the injury on Sunday against Chicago.
Cleveland (6-6, 195) played in 13 games with Dallas while on a two-way contract before he was waived on Dec. 19. He signed his first 10-day contract with Atlanta on Feb.22.
Gold. St. 14.3.18
Curry out for at least another week
Stephen Curry will miss at least another week because of his troublesome right ankle, which he re-injured last Thursday against San Antonio. The Warriors said Tuesday their two-time MVP would be re-evaluated in a week. Curry rolled his ankle driving left for a layup at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter in the win against the Spurs.
|4||New York||35.6||26-47 (73)|
|2||New Orl.||58.9||43-30 (73)|
|3||San Ant.||58.9||43-30 (73)|
|1||Gold. St.||75.0||54-18 (72)|
|2||LA Clipp.||52.8||38-34 (72)|
|3||LA Lakers||43.7||31-40 (71)|
|23.3||New York - Minnesota||104 : 108|
|23.3||Washing. - Denver||100 : 108|
|23.3||Chicago - Milwaukee||105 : 118|
|23.3||Cleveland - Phoenix||120 : 95|
|23.3||Indiana - LA Clipp.||109 : 104|
|23.3||Toronto - Brooklyn||116 : 112|
|23.3||San Ant. - Utah||124 : 120|
|23.3||Gold. St. - Atlanta||106 : 94|
|23.3||Portland - Boston||100 : 105|
|23.3||Oklahoma - Miami||105 : 99|
|22.3||Orlando - Philadel.||98 : 118|
|22.3||New Orl. - LA Lakers||128 : 125|
|22.3||Dallas - Utah||112 : 119|
|22.3||Houston - Detroit||100 : 96|
|22.3||Sacram. - Atlanta||105 : 90|
|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.