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Sources: Kawhi Leonard Could Return as Early as Thursday

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Kawhi Leonard could be available for the San Antonio Spurs as early as Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, sources tell ESPN’s Lisa Salters.

The plan for Leonard to return is barring a setback from a right quad injury, sources told ESPN. He said earlier this week that he planned to return “soon” from the injury, which has kept him out of all but nine games so far this season.

Leonard has been riding a stationary bike and participating in 3-on-3 drills to simulate the physical contact of games, but he has done so with staff members and “not my players.”

The Spurs (37-29) are now seventh in the West after Saturday night’s 104-94 loss at Oklahoma City and have struggled of late, going 3-8 in their last 11 games.

Source: ESPN

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Report: Steph Curry to be Re-Evaluated in 10 Days

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who has missed the team’s last three (3) games after suffering a mild to moderate strained left groin on November 8 vs. Milwaukee, continues to be monitored and evaluated by the team’s training and medical staff, as indicated initially last week. He will travel on the team’s upcoming three-game road trip to Texas—but will not play—and will be re-evaluated again in 10 days.

Source: Golden State Warriors

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Report: Caris LeVert Diagnosed with Dislocated Right Foot, Could Return this Season

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Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert returned to New York with the team last night and was evaluated today by Nets’ Team Orthopedist Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Following the evaluation, LeVert was diagnosed with a subtalar dislocation of the right foot.

“Fortunately, tests performed this morning revealed that there are no fractures and only moderate ligament damage,” said Dr. O’Malley. “While the optics of this injury may have appeared to be more severe, surgery will not be required. Caris will begin a period of rehabilitation with the Nets’ performance staff, following which he is expected to return to full strength and resume all basketball activities without any limitations this season.”

Updates regarding LeVert’s rehabilitation will be issued as appropriate.

Source: Brooklyn Nets

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Sources: Zhaire Smith Out Indefinitely after Allergic Reaction Complications

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Do not expect to see Zhaire Smith on the basketball court anytime soon, at least not during 2018.

The 76ers are no stranger to rookie injuries, especially ones that keep their rookies sidelined for prolonged amounts of time. The Sixers are also familiar with bizarre injuries and situations that can be categorized as anything but typical. Smith has firmly been added to that list.

On Friday night the Sixers released a medical update on Smith.

“Zhaire Smith is recovering well after receiving additional medical treatment for complications derived from the allergic reaction that initially required a thoracoscopy,” the statement read. “His return to athletic training has yet to be determined and as such, there is no timetable for his return to play.”

According to a team source, the timetable has been pushed into 2019 and even then it’s not certain.

Source: Sarah Todd of The Philadelphia Inquirer

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