Wearing a protective splint, Westbrook dribbled and shot with his surgically repaired right hand. Durant, meanwhile, rose off his surgically repaired right foot for a pair of easy dunks.
Brooks also revealed that the two superstars will participate in parts of Thunder practice on Saturday afternoon — the first team work for either since their injuries.
The two seem to be healing at an accelerated rate and a return by the end of next week — particularly for Westbrook — isn’t out of the question.
via Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman
Howard said Friday that he underwent a “PRP” treatment on his right knee on Thursday, the same cutting-edge procedure that Bryant used on his knee in 2013.
“It feels a lot better,” Howard said. “I had to get a shot in it to clear some of the stuff out it. I’m trying to do whatever I can to get back on the floor.”
Asked if he is definitely out on Saturday, Howard said, “I have no idea.”
via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle
"It's a goal for sure to be able to have the opportunity to play this year, especially alongside the group of guys that we've got," George said.
"Very unlikely that Paul George plays this year," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Friday.
via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Nevertheless, Taylor, 25, and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.
via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports
The injury took place midway through the third, and Gibson fell to the floor writhing in pain. Moments after Gibson went down, the entire Bulls bench went out to check on the veteran forward. He was carried off the floor by teammates Nikola Mirotic and Nazr Mohammed and was barely putting any weight on the foot or ankle.
After the game, Gibson said X-rays taken on the ankle were negative. He came back into the Bulls' locker room on crutches and in a walking boot.
via Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago
Though league sources indicated Kirilenko’s absence for personal reasons both Friday against the Thunder and Saturday in San Antonio has nothing to do with his lack of recent playing time, the 33-year-old forward clearly has fallen out of Nets coach Lionel Hollins’ plans, and it appears the team soon could be ready to move on.
Sources said no buyout negotiations have taken place, but it’s possible the Nets still could try to trade Kirilenko and his $3.3 million expiring contract.
via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post
Gordon was diagnosed with the injury following the Magic’s game on Nov. 15 at Washington. He will be out indefinitely and his return will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation
Aldridge said he doesn't think about the Bulls trading him on draft day as much as he did early in his career.
"I think early in my career I might have used it for motivation," he said. "But now I'm too old to be still holding that grudge."
"For a while that was my favorite team to play against," he said "Just to show them that they missed out. Just to show them that I'm better than they thought I was going to be. Now I'm over that. I have other goals to worry about."
via Mike Richman of The Oregonian
Michele Roberts adds that the union is ready to file an immediate appeal, but that the choice is Taylor's.
Silver suspended Taylor for 24 games without pay on Wednesday after the forward pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.
via The Associated Press
Both Mekel and Buycks remain on the available market after being waived and bought out, respectively. The Lakers remain fond of Ronnie Price, but the team has looked into wing and guard players this week.
via Shams Charania of Real GM
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