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Spurs’ Tony Parker Misses Game With Quad Injury

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced Wednesday that starting point guard Tony Parker will miss the club’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers at the AT&T Center. “He’s out for tonight,” Popovich said.

Parker suffered a quadriceps contusion in the second quarter of the team’s win on Sunday over the Los Angeles Lakers. In the immediate aftermath of that 119-98 Spurs victory, Parker anticipated he’d miss some time, as he expected the injured area to swell. “Yeah, I got kneed,” Parker said. “So that will be a big one. It’ll be a big one. It’ll be a little baseball tomorrow. So we’ll see. We’ve got a couple of days before the next game. But if it’s still hurting, I’m not gonna take any risks being with Pop. We’ll see. We’ll go day by day. But my 16 years of experience tells me it’s going to be a big one.”

Sources: Michael C. Wright of ESPN

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Report: Jimmy Butler to Undergo MRI on Right Knee

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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler left Friday night’s 120-102 lossto the Houston Rockets with a right knee injury.

Butler drove into the paint with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter, missed a short jumper, but then clawed the rebound. He dished to a teammate, then crumpled to the floor in pain, holding his knee.

Teammates, coaches and athletic trainers tended to Butler, who had to be helped off the court. He was unable to put any weight on the leg as he was helped to the locker room, where he was evaluated.

Butler was seen hopping on one foot in the Toyota Center hallway as he headed to get an X-ray. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday when the team gets back to Minnesota.

Source: ESPN

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Sources: Multiple Teams Interested in Joakim Noah if Bought Out

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According to league sources, several playoff-bound teams are closely monitoring [Joakim] Noah’s situation in New York and would push to sign him if Noah becomes a free agent.

The Warriors, Timberwolves and Thunder are three such teams that believe Noah, who turns 33 on Sunday, could bolster their respective rosters for the postseason.

Minnesota is an obvious one since it would reunite Noah with his former coach with the Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau. Golden State and Oklahoma City also feel that Noah’s experience and defensive prowess would solidify their respective benches.

Noah remains in limbo following an altercation with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek last month in Denver.

Source: Frank Isola of the New York Daily News

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Sources: Hawks, Ersan Ilyasova Nearing Buyout, Multiple Teams Interested

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Atlanta Hawks nearing a buyout with Ersan Ilyasova, I’m told.

Milwaukee and Toronto among possibilities for an Ersan Ilyasova landing spot once Hawks buyout is complete, but sense is it could open to other teams too.

Source: Sam Amick on Twitter

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