Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James suffered a scratched cornea in his right eye in a win Friday over Charlotte and hinted he might not be available to play against the Washington Wizards on Saturday. "If coach decides to give me a game off, it's not because I'm resting," James said. "It's because I'm banged up."
James suffered the injury with 31.2 seconds left in the third quarter when Jeremy Lamb poked him in the eye on his way to a layup. James stayed in the game and scored 32 points, but he complained of blurred vision and couldn't keep his right eye open after the game.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Parsons out indefinitely
Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons is out indefinitely because of a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94 million contract over the summer, has had two surgeries on his right knee within the last two years.
The Grizzlies said in a statement Monday that they are still evaluating the injury to take "the appropriate course of action." Parsons has been on a minutes restriction this season because of the knee problems. He has not played more than 25 minutes in a game this season.
Korver sidelined again with sore foot
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver will miss his second straight game with a sore right foot. Korver will not play Saturday night against Orlando after sitting out Thursday's loss at Detroit. The foot has been bothering him for several weeks and worsened in Monday night's loss to Miami. Coach Tyronn Lue said Korver will likely undergo further tests and "they're going to re-evaluate in a few days."
Lopez out with sprained ankle
Brooklyn center Brook Lopez will miss the Nets' game at Dallas on Friday after spraining his right ankle in the previous outing against Atlanta. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said he thought the injury was "a tweak" and expected his leading scorer to return soon. Atkinson said Lopez injured the ankle early in the game and kept playing.
Korver to miss Detroit
The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Kyle Korver will miss the road game against the Detroit Pistons with left foot soreness. "He knows his body, he knows if something's not right with the foot," associate head coach Larry Drew said on Wednesday. "If he feels any type of discomfort, we don't want him out there. We'll give him some days off and see how he feels after that."
Fortunately for the Cavs, their starting shooting guard has made a swift recovery from a fractured right thumb. J.R. Smith practiced on Wednesday for the first time since he suffered the injury on Dec. 20. He's ahead of the original 12-14 week timetable for his return and is listed as questionable for Thursday's game. Head coach Tyronn Lue is also a question mark. He missed the practice because of an illness.
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Davis hurts wrist
New Orleans Anthony Davis has a left wrist injury that has sidelined him for the second half of Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors. Davis appeared to hurt his wrist when he crashed to the court on the final play of the first half. Davis, an All-Star for his fourth consecutive season, has been averaging 28.1 points and 11.8 rebounds this season.