LA Clipp. 18.1.17
Paul needs thumb surgery
Chris Paul will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The veteran point guard was injured on a first-half play involving Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook in Monday's victory. Paul is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and leads the NBA with 2.25 steals per game.
The Clippers are 7-0 in 2017, equaling their best start to a calendar year since 1974. They've done it without star forward Blake Griffin, who is likely to be back next week after recovering from right knee surgery. Griffin was averaging 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists before having arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee in December.
LA Clipp. 17.1.17
Chris Paul sprains left thumb
Clippers guard Chris Paul has sprained his left thumb against the Oklahoma City Thunder. A team spokesman for Los Angeles says Paul got hurt in the second quarter Monday night and won't return. Paul had eight points, six assists and three rebounds in 13 minutes. The star point guard already has missed seven games this season with hamstring injuries.
Lin still out for Nets
Jeremy Lin remains sidelined for the Brooklyn Nets Sunday against the Houston Rockets. Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, was still suffering from a strained hamstring that has been plaguing him all season and has limited him to 12 games in his first season with the Nets.
New Orl. 13.1.17
Davis out with bruised left hip
Anthony Davis sat out Thursday's game against the Brooklyn Nets because of an injured left hip. The New Orleans star bruised his hip in the Pelicans' 110-96 win over the New York Knicks on Monday. He participated in pregame warmups in Brooklyn, but didn't shoot. Davis is second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.1 points. He is sixth with more than 12 rebounds per game.
New Orl. 12.1.17
Davis listed as questionable
New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (hip) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. X-rays came back negative on Davis' hip after he hurt it on Monday, and head coach Alvin Gentry was non-committal on Davis' status for Thursday.
San Ant. 11.1.17
Aldridge out Tuesday vs. Bucks
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge sat out Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, but he isn't expected to be out long, as he is just dealing with the stomach flu. In his second season with the Spurs, Aldridge is averaging 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 50.7 percent. San Antonio will next host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
Antetokounmpo out due to illness
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Sunday's game against the Washington Wizard because of an illness. Antetokounmpo, who practiced Saturday, has played in all 35 games for the Bucks this season and has missed just three over the last two seasons. The 22-year-old is averaging 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.9 steals per game.
Zeller out thursday vs. Pistons
Center Cody Zeller sat out Thursday's game at Detroit after he took an elbow to the head in the fourth quarter of Charlotte's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Zeller has been going through the NBA's concussion protocol and did not play Monday at Chicago or Wednesday against Oklahoma City. He is averaging 10.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks and shooting 59.5 percent from the field.
Winslow needs shoulder surgery
Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Thursday, and the team expects that he will miss the remainder of the season. Winslow was hurt in the final minute of Miami's loss in Boston on Friday when he got tangled up with Celtics center Al Horford. The injury was originally diagnosed as a stinger, and even Winslow said earlier this week that he wasn't worried.
Grizzlies hope to have Gasol against Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol suffered an ankle injury against the Sacramento Kings and was forced to leave the game in the third quarter. Although X-rays were negative, his status for Tuesday hasn't been determined. "Obviously, it's soft tissue involved and now it's painful," Gasol said after the win. "It's tender right now, so we'll take it day by day just like always."
Wade out with knee swelling
Bulls guard Dwyane Wade has been ruled out for their game against Charlotte because of swelling in his left knee. Wade noticed the swelling following Saturday night's loss to Milwaukee. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the team hoped to avoid using the 34-year-old veteran on back-to-back nights, but felt he was healthy enough to play this past weekend. He could return Wednesday against Cleveland.
New York 31.12.16
Porzingis ruled out
New York center Kristaps Porzingis will miss the Knicks' game Saturday night against the Houston Rockets because of a sore Achilles tendon. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he was dealing with the problem before Friday night's game against New Orleans. But he still had 21 points in 38 minutes. Porzingis, who hasn't missed a game this season, is averaging 20.1 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. Also out for the Knicks on Saturday are Courtney Lee, who has a sore right wrist, and Kyle O'Quinn, who has an illness.
San Ant. 31.12.16
Leonard misses second straight game
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard sat out a game Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, missing his second straight contest because of a stomach virus. Leonard played in every game this season until the ailment forced him to miss Wednesday's 119-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Leonard is leading San Antonio with a career-high 24.4 scoring average and is third in rebounding at 6.0 per game.
Patterson out with strained knee
Toronto forward Patrick Patterson left the Raptors' game against Phoenix in the first half Thursday with a strained left knee. He will have a couple days to rest up, as the Raptors don't play again until Sunday against the Lakers, but it sounds like something that could force Patterson to miss at least a couple games. Patterson is averaging 7.8 points and 5.6 rebounds.
New York 28.12.16
Lee sidelined with sore wrist
Knicks guard Courtney Lee did not dress for Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks because of a sore wrist. An MRI showed nothing broken, but Lee said he felt his fingers and knuckles crack when he was injured early in a home loss Sunday to Boston. Lee had hoped not to miss a game after playing 34 minutes and scoring 11 points, but three days later, he felt too much discomfort in the morning shootaround.