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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Recovering well from coronavirus
      5h ago

      Celtics coach Brad Stevens relayed Friday that Smart (illness) is doing well following his positive test for the coronavirus a week earlier, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports. "Great. He's great. Great spirits. Joking as always," Stevens said.

      Smart is one of five known NBA players to have tested positive for COVID-19, with the first three of those players whose identities were revealed (Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood) all having since received full clearance from doctors. Based on Stevens' comments, Smart could receive clearance of his own within the next few days, seemingly putting him on track to be ready to play whenever the NBA resumes its season.

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    • Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
      Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Cleared of coronavirus
      2d ago

      Mitchell has been cleared of coronavirus, as have the rest of the Jazz's players and personnel, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.

      The announcement comes 15 days after Mitchell initially tested positive March 12, one day after the postponement of Utah's game against the Thunder. This is a good step for Mitchell, the team and the league, but there are still plenty more hurdles to clear before the NBA resumes play.

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    • Rudy Gobert UTA C
      Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Clear of coronavirus
      2d ago

      Gobert, teammate Donovan Mitchell, and all Jazz players and personnel were fully cleared of coronavirus by the Utah Department of Health on Friday, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.

      Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the respiratory virus March 11, with the news prompting the league to immediately suspend operations indefinitely. The status of the league itself has yet to change, but the 27-year-old is now fully recovered and poses no risk of infection to other individuals.

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    • Christian Wood DET PF
      Pistons' Christian Wood: Fully clear of coronavirus
      3d ago

      Wood is fully recovered from coronavirus, as he tested negative late Wednesday night, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Wood is the first known NBA player to fully recover from coronavirus, for which he tested positive nearly two weeks ago. This is a good step forward for Wood and the league, but there are still many more hurdles to clear before the season starts back up in some capacity.

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    • Christian Wood DET PF
      Pistons' Christian Wood: Nearing full clearance
      4d ago

      Wood's (illness) agent, Adam Pensack, said Wednesday that his client is "feeling great and fully recovered" from the coronavirus, Dana Gauruder of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      Wood was asymptomatic but tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the NBA suspended games March 12, as the Pistons played Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz the previous weekend. Wood is expected to undergo additional testing Thursday, and if doctors agree with Pensack's assessment, the 24-year-old should be good to go when the NBA resumes its season.

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    • John Wall WAS PG
      Wizards' John Wall: Not expected back if NBA returns
      4d ago

      Wall (Achilles) isn't expected to take the court for the Wizards if the NBA resumes this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

      Multiple members of the organization had already implied that Wall won't play in 2019-20, and the NBA's ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic apparently hasn't changed that line of thinking. Buckner notes that Wall has looked good in controlled environments during his recovery, but the league's suspension has left the point guard unable to simulate the intensity of his usual rehab workouts due to social distancing requirements. Team doctors would advise against quickly throwing him into games if the season resumed.

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    • Rudy Gobert UTA C
      Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Clear of coronavirus
      2d ago

      Gobert, teammate Donovan Mitchell, and all Jazz players and personnel were fully cleared of coronavirus by the Utah Department of Health on Friday, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.

      Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the respiratory virus March 11, with the news prompting the league to immediately suspend operations indefinitely. The status of the league itself has yet to change, but the 27-year-old is now fully recovered and poses no risk of infection to other individuals.

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    • Bruno Fernando ATL C
      Hawks' Bruno Fernando: Seeing inconsistent minutes
      6d ago

      Fernando is averaging 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and one assist in 11 games since the All-Star break.

      Fernando has come off the bench in nine of his last 11 contests, logging fewer than 10 minutes in three of those matchups. Assuming Clint Capela (heel) is healthy when play resumes, Fernando will have to battle for playing time with both Capela and Dewayne Dedmon at center, making his workload unpredictable.

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    • Derrick Favors NO C
      Pelicans' Derrick Favors: Steady showing since break
      6d ago

      Favors averaged 8.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and one assist in nine games since the All-Star break.

      Favors finished in double figures in three of nine games since the break, recording two double-doubles over that stretch. As the team's starting center, he'll consistently see around 25 minutes on a nightly basis once NBA action resumes.

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    • Steven Adams OKC C
      Thunder's Steven Adams: Struggled in March
      6d ago

      At the time the NBA suspended play, Adams had scored fewer than 10 points in four of his last five games.

      Adams has had an up-and-down season, overall, and that continued after the All-Star break. In his first four post-break games, Adams averaged 17.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks, but his production dipped in his final five game before the shutdown. In that sample, Adams posted just 7.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks in 25.2 minutes.

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    • JaVale McGee LAL C
      Lakers' JaVale McGee: Tests negative for coronavirus
      9d ago

      McGee tested negative for coronavirus Thursday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Haynes notes that McGee has asthma and dealt with pneumonia last season, so it makes sense that there was some added concern in regard to his vulnerability. He's tested negative but will still need to self-quarantine for a period of time given that two unnamed teammates tested positive.

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    • Nerlens Noel OKC C
      Thunder's Nerlens Noel: Steady off bench
      10d ago

      Noel averaged 17.3 minutes per game after the All-Star break as the primary backup to Steven Adams.

      While the former lottery pick has been stuck behind Adams for much of the year, he carved out a consistent role, and that continued after the break. In nine games between Feb. 21 and March 8, Noel averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. In his final game before the NBA suspended play, Noel went for five points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes in a win over Boston.

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    • Christian Wood DET PF
      Pistons' Christian Wood: Fully clear of coronavirus
      3d ago

      Wood is fully recovered from coronavirus, as he tested negative late Wednesday night, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Wood is the first known NBA player to fully recover from coronavirus, for which he tested positive nearly two weeks ago. This is a good step forward for Wood and the league, but there are still many more hurdles to clear before the season starts back up in some capacity.

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    • Christian Wood DET PF
      Pistons' Christian Wood: Nearing full clearance
      4d ago

      Wood's (illness) agent, Adam Pensack, said Wednesday that his client is "feeling great and fully recovered" from the coronavirus, Dana Gauruder of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      Wood was asymptomatic but tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the NBA suspended games March 12, as the Pistons played Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz the previous weekend. Wood is expected to undergo additional testing Thursday, and if doctors agree with Pensack's assessment, the 24-year-old should be good to go when the NBA resumes its season.

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    • Markieff Morris LAL PF
      Lakers' Markieff Morris: Holding steady bench role
      6d ago

      Morris averaged 14.9 minutes per game off the bench for the Lakers after coming over from Detroit.

      Morris made his debut on Feb. 25 against New Orleans and went on to appear in eight games before the league suspended play. He averaged just 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in that span, with his highest-scoring game (10 points) coming against the Pels on March 1.

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    • Chuma Okeke NBADRAFT PF
      Magic's Chuma Okeke: Nearing contact work
      13d ago

      Okeke (knee) was close to taking part in contact work in practices with the Lakeland Magic before the G League cancelled its season Sunday, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

      After being selected 16th overall by Orlando in the 2019 NBA Draft, Okeke opted not to sign a standard four-year rookie contract while he continued to recover from the torn ACL he suffered last March while playing for Auburn. Instead, the organization has been overseeing his rehab in the G League while preserving a spot on the 17-man roster for a healthy player in the process. The Magic have been pleased with how Okeke has been progressing from the serious knee procedure, but the cancellation of the G League season will prevent the organization from assessing him in a practice setting until the summer. Okeke should be ready to play in the Las Vegas Summer League if the coronavirus pandemic doesn't impact the event. Expect Okeke to sign his rookie deal with the Magic later this summer and contend for a rotation spot ahead of the 2020-21 season.

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    • Al-Farouq Aminu ORL PF
      Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Could return in delayed season
      13d ago

      Aminu (knee) could be a candidate to return to action this season if the NBA resumes play in mid-June or later, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

      Aminu hasn't played since Nov. 29 after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery just over a month later following an unsuccessful rest-and-rehab program. Later in January, the Magic were granted a displayed player exception for Aminu, indicating that the NBA agreed the forward was unlikely to return to action prior to June 15. While that timeline would normally rule Aminu out through the start of the NBA Finals, the league's decision to suspend its season indefinitely could leave the door open for him to play again in 2019-20. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, owners and executives around the league view mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the NBA to resume action. Considering that Aminu had previously stated that he expected to be ready to compete for Nigeria in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in late July, he may have a legitimate shot at being cleared to play for the Magic this summer. Robbins relays that Aminu is progressing well in his recovery and is no longer sporting a stabilizing brace on his right knee.

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    • Jonathan Isaac ORL PF
      Magic's Jonathan Isaac: Still wearing knee brace
      13d ago

      Isaac was still sporting a hinged brace over his sprained left knee last week prior to the NBA's suspension of the season, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

      Magic team president Jeff Weltman said in a radio appearance shortly before the All-Star break that Isaac (knee) would miss the remainder of the season, but the NBA's unexpected indefinite shutdown could prompt Orlando to reevaluate the forward's availability. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, league owners and executives are bracing for mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the league to resume action. While Robbins notes that Isaac remains far away from even resuming on-court activity, a three-month delay of the season might provide enough time for him to recover from the severe sprain and structural damage he sustained to his left knee back on Jan. 1. Isaac should at the very least be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season, but if he responds well to rehab in the weeks to come, the Magic -- who currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference standings -- could consider bringing him back for a potential playoff run.

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    • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson TOR SF
      Raptors' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Average since break
      6d ago

      Hollis-Jefferson averaged 5.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in nine games since the All-Star break.

      Hollis-Jefferson remained in a bench role after the break, shooting 43.9 percent from the field in 17.6 minutes. He did see a noticeable uptick in playing time in his last contest before the NBA suspended play March 9 in Utah, finishing with eight points and 10 boards in 21 minutes.

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    • Marcus Morris LAC SF
      Clippers' Marcus Morris: Ineffective since break
      6d ago

      Morris averaged 9.0 points on just 36.6 percent shooting in nine games since the All-Star break.

      The Clippers acquired Morris from New York before the deadline, but he was somewhat of a disappointment prior to the suspension of the season. Morris scored in double-digits in five of his first six games with the Clippers, but over his last six games, he shot just 33.3 percent from the field, including 20.7 percent from beyond the arc (4.8 3PA/G). In a high-profile loss to the Lakers on Mar. 8, Morris scored just one point on 0-of-9 shooting in 29 minutes.

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    • Danuel House Jr. HOU SF
      Rockets' Danuel House: Holds starting spot
      6d ago

      Entering the NBA shutdown, House had started the Rockets' previous 17 contests.

      House has developed into a quality role player over the last season-and-a-half, and he found himself in what appeared to be a permanent starting role prior to the suspension of the season. In that 17-game span, House saw 29.1 minutes per game, which he translated to 10.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 made threes, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

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    • Kevin Durant BKN SF
      Nets' Kevin Durant: Tests positive for coronavirus
      12d ago

      Durant has tested positive for coronavirus, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      The 31-year-old is apparently one of the four Nets players to have tested positive but is currently asymptomatic. Durant issued the following statement: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this." The two-time Finals MVP hasn't played this season while recovering from the torn Achilles he suffered during the NBA Finals last June, but he did travel with the team for a road matchup against the Lakers on March 10.

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    • Kevin Durant BKN SF
      Nets' Kevin Durant: Late-season return still unlikely
      13d ago

      Durant's (Achilles) business partner, Rich Kleiman, said Monday during an appearance on ESPN Radio's "Golic and Wingo" program that hopes of Durant playing in June or July are "not very realistic."

      Though Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN relayed Sunday that NBA owners and executives are bracing for mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the league to resume action, the ongoing suspension apparently hasn't changed Durant's tune about a potential 2019-20 debut. Prior to the NBA suspending operations last week, Durant, Kleiman and Nets general manager Sean Marks had all indicated that the 31-year-old would sit out the entire season while he continues to rehab the ruptured right Achilles' tendon he suffered in the NBA Finals last June. Durant has previously expressed a desire to play for the United States team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, though the status of the Summer Games is uncertain at this point in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    • Kelly Oubre Jr. PHO SF
      Suns' Kelly Oubre: Could play if season resumes
      15d ago

      Oubre (knee) may be able to play this season if games resume in mid-April or later, Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic reports.

      It seemed unlikely we would see Oubre again this season after he underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in early March. However, if the regular season resumes in some capacity, Oubre could potentially return. The Suns are 26-39, sitting in the 13th spot in the Western Conference. If we have seen the last of Oubre in 2019-20, he'll have finished the season with career highs in points (18.7), rebounds (6.4), assists (1.5), threes (1.9), field-goal percentage (45.2) and three-point percentage (35.2).

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    • Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
      Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Cleared of coronavirus
      2d ago

      Mitchell has been cleared of coronavirus, as have the rest of the Jazz's players and personnel, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.

      The announcement comes 15 days after Mitchell initially tested positive March 12, one day after the postponement of Utah's game against the Thunder. This is a good step for Mitchell, the team and the league, but there are still plenty more hurdles to clear before the NBA resumes play.

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    • Klay Thompson GS SG
      Warriors' Klay Thompson: Should be ready for camp
      6d ago

      Coach Steve Kerr told Tim Kawakawi of The Athletic last week that he expects Thompson (knee) will be "ready to roll" when training camp begins ahead of the 2020-21 season. "Finally over the last few weeks he was able to start shooting with our guys, running through some drills and he was so happy to be out there," Kerr said of Thompson. "He's going to be so ready to play next year and so excited and the rehab is coming along really well, so I have no doubt that assuming everything starts in September and October like it usually does that Klay will be in great shape."

      The Warriors officially ruled Thompson out for the season shortly after the All-Star break, but Kerr's comments reaffirm that the star shooting guard isn't a candidate to play in 2019-20 even with the NBA having suspended operations indefinitely. The 30-year-old will be 14 months removed from ACL surgery by the time September arrives, so he may enter the 2020-21 season without any restrictions for back-to-back sets.

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    • Terance Mann LAC SG
      Clippers' Terance Mann: Undergoes surgery on hand
      11d ago

      Mann underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a ligament in his right hand, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Mann suffered the injury March 8 while playing in the G League. He does not have an immediate timetable for a return. However, it's possible the team will provide updates on his recovery even while play is suspended.

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    • Dzanan Musa BKN SG
      Nets' Dzanan Musa: Contributes across board in loss
      16d ago

      Musa generated 20 points (6-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in 31 minutes during Sunday's loss to Greensboro.

      Musa was one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise forgettable outing for Long Island. He's provided a nice boost in his 12 games with the Nets' G League affiliate and is averaging 19.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists across 31.0 minutes per game during that span.

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    • Marial Shayok PHI SG
      76ers' Marial Shayok: Scores 26 in win
      17d ago

      Shayok had 26 points (9-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block over 25 minutes in Wednesday's G League win against Maine.

      Shayok has been a key contributor for the Blue Coats this season, and he topped 20 points for the fourth time in the past six games Wednesday. The 24-year-old is averaging 23.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season.

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    • Kendrick Nunn MIA SG
      Heat's Kendrick Nunn: Puts up 24 points
      17d ago

      Nunn (illness) scored 24 points (9-15 FG, 6-10 3Pt) while adding three assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 109-98 loss against the Hornets.

      Nunn has been a reliable scoring threat for the Heat all season long, but he was coming off four straight games where he couldn't reach the 20-point mark so this outing should be a confidence booster moving forward. He's averaging just 13.6 points per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the field in five March games.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Recovering well from coronavirus
      5h ago

      Celtics coach Brad Stevens relayed Friday that Smart (illness) is doing well following his positive test for the coronavirus a week earlier, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports. "Great. He's great. Great spirits. Joking as always," Stevens said.

      Smart is one of five known NBA players to have tested positive for COVID-19, with the first three of those players whose identities were revealed (Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood) all having since received full clearance from doctors. Based on Stevens' comments, Smart could receive clearance of his own within the next few days, seemingly putting him on track to be ready to play whenever the NBA resumes its season.

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    • John Wall WAS PG
      Wizards' John Wall: Not expected back if NBA returns
      4d ago

      Wall (Achilles) isn't expected to take the court for the Wizards if the NBA resumes this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

      Multiple members of the organization had already implied that Wall won't play in 2019-20, and the NBA's ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic apparently hasn't changed that line of thinking. Buckner notes that Wall has looked good in controlled environments during his recovery, but the league's suspension has left the point guard unable to simulate the intensity of his usual rehab workouts due to social distancing requirements. Team doctors would advise against quickly throwing him into games if the season resumed.

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    • Austin Rivers HOU PG
      Rockets' Austin Rivers: Rooted in bench role
      6d ago

      Rivers averaged 8.3 points, two rebounds and 1.9 assists across 22.1 minutes in 10 games since the All-Star break.

      Rivers remains firmly in a bench role behind Russell Westbrook, though he's consistently seeing around 20 minutes a night. Since the break, he's finished in double digits three times, with his last performance dating back to March 10 against the Timberwolves, when he scored 11 points in 18 minutes of action.

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    • Jordan Clarkson UTA PG
      Jazz's Jordan Clarkson: Faring well off bench
      6d ago

      Clarkson averaged 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals over his final 10 games before the NBA suspended play.

      Clarkson made an immediate positive impact for Utah after coming over from Cleveland via trade in December. He held down a consistent role as one of the first players off the bench, which continued into early March. In his last game before the shutdown, Clarkson went for nine points, three assists and two boards in a loss to Toronto.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Tests positive for COVID-19
      10d ago

      Smart revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

      Smart revealed that he was tested five days ago and has been self-quarantining. In his post about the news, Smart elaborates that he hasn't been showing symptoms and encourages everyone to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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    • Jalen Brunson DAL PG
      Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: Done for season
      16d ago

      Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that Brunson won't return this season after undergoing right shoulder surgery earlier Friday, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.

      Brunson was initially deemed out indefinitely after requiring the procedure to address a torn labrum, but Carlisle was able to provide a clearer timeline for the second-year guard's recovery. Even with the current NBA season being suspended and potentially on track to run deeper into the summer than in years past, Carlisle said he doesn't anticipate Brunson to receive full medical clearance until training camp next fall. Brunson will wrap up his sophomore campaign with averages of 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game across 57 appearances.

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