Warriors’ Bogut to miss rest of NBA Finals with injury

admin   •   June 15, 2016   •   1791

Jun 13, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) reacts after being injured during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 13, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) reacts after being injured during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the remainder of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers after injuring his knee, the team said on Wednesday.

Bogut, who traveled to Cleveland for Thursday’s Game Six, where the Warriors have another chance to capture their second consecutive NBA title, suffered a “significant impaction injury” to his left knee in Game Five, the team said in a statement.

The 31-year-old Australian, who sustained the injury in the third quarter of Monday’s game when Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith collided with him on a layup attempt, will not require surgery but will need 6-8 weeks of recovery, according to the Warriors.

His injury is the latest blow to a Warriors team that failed to close out the series on their home court on Monday when they were playing without suspended power forward and defensive stalwart Draymond Green.

Bogut, who came down awkwardly on his left leg after the collision, immediately grabbed his knee and writhed in pain on the floor until play stopped. He had to be helped off the court and was walking gingerly as he left the arena.

An MRI conducted on Tuesday revealed the impact resulted in bone bruises to the proximal tibia and distal femur.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Keating)

Harden drills OT winner as Rockets nip Warriors

UNTV News   •   January 5, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Feb 10, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) points to the sky against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

James Harden capped his second consecutive triple-double by sinking a 25-foot 3-pointer with one second remaining in overtime Thursday night, giving the Houston Rockets a 135-134 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif.

After Stephen Curry put Golden State up by two with an 18-footer with 23.1 seconds to go, the Rockets got possession after a kicked-ball violation on the Warriors with 5.5 seconds left.

The ball was inbounded to Harden, who was able to get off — and make — a heavily contested 3-pointer to provide the game-winning points and cap a game-high, 44-point night.

Kevin Durant’s desperation 40-footer caromed off the rim at the buzzer, allowing the Rockets to win their sixth straight and 11th in their past 12.

In scoring 40 or more points for the fifth consecutive game, Harden also found time for 10 rebounds and a game-high 15 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season. He turned the ball over seven times.

Curry led the Warriors with 35 points.

The Rockets forced the extra session by scoring the last six points of the fourth quarter on a three-point play by Clint Capela with 1:03 to go and a 3-pointer by Harden with 51.4 seconds left.

After Durant misfired for Golden State, Harden had the last shot of regulation but couldn’t connect from 32 feet, sending the game into overtime tied at 119-all.

Thirty of Harden’s points came on 10 3-pointers as the Rockets went 21-for-54 from beyond the arc and outscored Golden State 63-42 on threes.

Capela recorded a 29-point, 21-point double-double for Houston, which beat Golden State for the second time this season after falling to the eventual champion Warriors in seven games in last year’s Western Conference finals.

Austin Rivers added 18 points, Danuel House Jr. 17 and Gerald Green 16 as the Rockets rallied from as much as a 20-point, third-quarter deficit.

Curry managed his 35 points despite just 5-for-15 shooting from 3-point range. The Warriors were 14-for-37 from long distance as a team.

Durant and Klay Thompson finished with 26 points apiece for the Warriors, while Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double of his own with nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The loss was Golden State’s third straight at home.

—Field Level Media

National Basketball Association roundup

UNTV News   •   December 6, 2017

Dec 4, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives past New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

An MRI exam performed in Charlotte, N.C., displayed no structural damage and the Warriors said Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., the team’s second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a “stress injury” in his lower left leg, the team announced.

A stress injury means Hardaway has either a stress reaction or a stress fracture, with the latter being more serious. Based on information received from medical experts, the New York Post reported that a stress reaction could sidelined a player for two to six weeks, while a stress fracture could keep a player out for two months.

San Antonio Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn’t know when he will make his season debut. But it could occur later this week.

The soft-spoken Leonard has missed the team’s first 24 games due to a quadriceps injury and said he is feeling good during his first interaction with reporters since Sept. 25.

National Basketball Association roundup

UNTV News   •   November 29, 2017

November 27, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin could be sidelined for two months while recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee, according to an ESPN report Tuesday.

Griffin, 28, sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. Examinations revealed no structural damage in Griffin’s knee, per ESPN.

Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists over 36 minutes in the Clippers’ 120-115 victory against the Lakers before exiting with the injury.

The Golden State Warriors are hoping to have at least one star player back from injury when they open a six-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each sat out a 110-106 loss to the visiting Sacramento Kings on Monday. Curry has a bruised right hand and Durant has been dealing with a sprained left ankle.

Former NBA player Ben Gordon was arrested on a felony robbery charge in Los Angeles, the latest in a string of incidents over the past few months.

Gordon, 34, allegedly punched the manager of a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex on Saturday and pulled a knife. Gordon took money from the man that he said was his security deposit.

Gordon was arrested on Saturday and released Tuesday on $50,000 bail.

Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol insists he had nothing to do with the firing of coach David Fizdale, which occurred one day after Gasol was furious that he was benched for the fourth quarter of the team’s eighth consecutive loss.

In fact, Gasol said he was surprised by the timing of the move and didn’t know about the firing until after the decision was made.

Memphis general manager Chris Wallace said the firing of the second-year coach was due to the team being underachievers and not related to the rift between Fizdale and Gasol.

Phoenix Suns center Alex Len admittedly is frustrated with his recent lack of playing time.

“I want to be out there, and I want to compete,” the 7-foot-1 Len told AZCentral.com after sitting out two of the Suns’ last three games.

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