Suns on Brandon Knight's surgery: 'It was a minor procedure'
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Suns point guard Brandon Knight
underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery Friday, but president of basketball operations Lon Babby called it "a minor procedure,"
the Arizona Republic
"It was a minor procedure," Babby said. "There was an anterior flap (of cartilage) in his ankle that caused irritation. We expect a full recovery."
Knight suffered the injury on March 9 and missed 16 of the team's final 17 games. He averaged 17.0 points and 5.2 assists in 63 games between the Bucks and Suns last season.
Mavericks guard Devin Harris aggravates toe injury Saturday
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Mavericks guard Devin Harris suffered a toe injury
in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Rockets. He played just 10 minutes and scored two points in the contest, but hopes to return for Game 2, reports the Dallas Morning News
"The toe is pretty sore and I aggravated it during the game," Harris said. "We will have to continue to treat it and hopefully I'll be back. It remains to be seen and there are some things we have to figure out. We’ll see how it goes."
Cavaliers assign Joe Harris to D-League
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The Cavaliers have assigned
guard Joe Harris
to their D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, the team announced Saturday. Harris appeared in 51 games for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 2.7 points per game.
Pelicans G Tyreke Evans knocked out of Game 1 with knee bruise
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Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans was removed
from Saturday's Western Conference Quarterfinals game against Golden State with a left knee bruise, according to the Associated Press.
Evans, who underwent minor right knee surgery last May, exited with 5:16 remaining in the first half and was taken back to the locker room and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He scored one point and grabbed one rebound before leaving the game. His return remains uncertain.
Evans said after the game he "felt a little pop" in his knee after a tangle for a loose ball, according to ESPN.com. He is scheduled for an MRI later Saturday.
Evans averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game in the regular season. He shot 44.7 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from downtown in 79 games.
Bulls G Kirk Hinrich ruled out for Game 1 vs. Milwaukee
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Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich
was ruled out for Game 1
of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Milwaukee, coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters, per the Chicago Tribune. Hinrich missed the last two games of the regular season with a hyperextended left knee. Thibodeau added that Hinrich was making progress and then "plateaued
" and is "kind of stuck."
Chicago is an 8-point favorite at home on Saturday, per VegasInsider.com.
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving not concerned about hip injury
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Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving
said he wasn't worried about the sore right hip that bothered him at the end of the regular season.
"No. No. It's not any concern," Irving said, per Cleveland.com. "I feel pretty good right now."
"I thought he was fine in the last game Wednesday against Washington, with limited minutes of course," head coach David Blatt agreed. "And he looked great in practice today. So I believe he'll be 100 percent come Sunday."
Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum able to practice on injured ankle
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Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum
was able to go through a workout, cutting and making quick moves off the dribble, according to The Columbian
McCollum is questionable for the opener of the playoff series against Memphis with an ankle injury.
Hornets GM: Lance Stephenson signing 'didn't work out'
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Hornets GM Rich Cho met with the media for a season-ending press conference and expressed his disappointment in Lance Stephenson
The team signed Stephenson to a three year, $27 million contract in the offseason. Cho said the signing, "didn't work out as we expected it to ... We thought it would work out a lot better," per NBA.com.
Stephenson was benched in several games near the end of the season and set a record for worst NBA 3-point percentage in a season.
Dwyane Wade won't opt out of Heat contract in offseason
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News: Dwyane Wade
said he didn't intend to use an opt-out clause in his contract with the Heat to become a free agent this offseason, per the Sun Sentinel
Wade is entering the second year of a two-year, $31.1 million contract.
Mike Conley, Tony Allen practice for Grizzlies, plan to play
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News: Mike Conley
and Tony Allen
both practiced for the Grizzlies on Friday, and both players said that they'll play in the first game of the team's playoff series against the Blazers, per the Commercial Appeal
Conley missed the last four games of the regular season with a foot injury. Allen missed the last nine games with a hamstring problem.