Author: Brett Pollakoff

Patrick Beverley

Report: Rockets’ Patrick Beverley to need four months of recovery following season-ending surgery


Patrick Beverley is out for the season, after the Rockets determined that the torn ligaments in his wrist would require surgery.

It was initially hoped that the procedure would be one that would allow Beverley a two-month recovery time, which would theoretically have given him the opportunity to return if the Rockets had advanced deep into the postseason.

But the surgery that was required is now expected to keep him out of action much longer.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

After surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist on Tuesday morning, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will require four months of recovery, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Beverley’s ligament had to be reattached, a procedure that crushed a fleeting hope before the surgery that a two-month recovery period could’ve had Beverley back for the Western Conference Finals – if the Rockets advanced that far.

Beverley will be a restricted free agent this summer, so it’ll be interesting to see how this injury affects his perceived market value.

Beverley has been a solid starter for the Rockets this season. He averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 30.8 minutes per contest, while playing well-above-average perimeter defense.

Spurs’ Patty Mills receives flopping warning for play against Grizzlies (VIDEO)

Gregg Popovich, Patty Mills

Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs became the latest player to receive a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules, and this one was well-deserved.

Mills jumps backward after being touched in the chest by the forearm of Mike Conley, which looks especially ridiculous in slow-motion.

Mills became the 27th player to receive at least one warning this season. Three players — Marcin Gortat of the Wizards, P.J. Hairston of the Hornets, and C.J. Miles of the Pacers — have been caught twice, which resulted in fines of $5,000 apiece.

Thunder say Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery, will return in 4-6 months

Kevin Durant

The Thunder ruled Kevin Durant out for the season less than a week ago, after he continued to experience soreness in his foot and it was discovered that he would need an additional surgery to more permanently fix the issue.

That surgery has taken place, and the timetable of 4-6 months for his return remains in place.

From the official release:

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery today for the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley with Thunder medical personnel present at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Durant will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season and is expected to return to full basketball activities in the next four to six months.

Durant was able to appear in only 27 games this season, and while Russell Westbrook has played at an MVP level in his absence to more than likely drag the Thunder to the playoffs, they’ll almost assuredly be quickly bounced by the Warriors in the first round.

Next season is a pivotal one in Oklahoma City — not just for Durant, but potentially, for the future of the franchise.

Durant will be an unrestricted free agent after next year, and the Thunder’s best chance of retaining him would be finishing next season as NBA champions. If this surgery does the trick, then Durant will be healthy enough to help his team legitimately contend for the title — which is something the Thunder were supposed to do this year.

Draymond Green no longer selling ‘Cool story, Glenn’ shirts, may miss next game vs. Clippers

Draymond Green

Draymond Green has been at the forefront of the ongoing rivalry between the Warriors and the Clippers, and took it to the next level by selling t-shirts that displayed a phrase he used to zing L.A.’s head coach.

Green and Doc Rivers went back and forth a bit through the media, after an incident where L.A.’s Dahntay Jones bumped Green during a postgame interview. Jones was fined by the league, Doc Rivers mocked Green’s lack of toughness, Green responded by saying “Cool story, Glenn,” and the t-shirts were printed and made available for sale.

But Green pulled the shirts shortly thereafter, saying he didn’t want anyone to interpret what he was doing as a lack of respect for Rivers.

From Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group:

Not 48 hours after the shirts went on sale, Green put an end to it and reiterated that he had “the utmost respect” for Rivers.

“A former player, he’s one of the guys who paved the way for me,” Green said. “So I respect all former players. And he’s a champion. He’s proved over the course of time his worth.

“I took the shirts down because I know at the end of the day it’s all fun and games. With doing the T-shirt line, if something catches, you use it. But I just knew people would try to make it out to be more than it really is, so I took it down. People try to make it as if I don’t respect Doc.”

In only slightly more important Draymond Green news, Green may miss Tuesday night’s contest against the Clippers. And of course, he used it as another opportunity to zing the Clippers.

Warriors forward Draymond Green might not play Tuesday in the team’s final regular-season meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers because of what he said was inflammation in his shins.

The soreness combined with the fact that the Warriors have already clinched the top seed in the Western Conference with nine games left led to Green’s being listed as questionable with the minor issue. …

“I’m sitting out,” Green joked Monday. “I’ve got Blake-itis.”

The Clippers would need to get to the second round of the playoffs to face the Warriors in a seven-game series — which is something we should all be rooting for, simply from the standpoint of pure entertainment.

Kyrie Irving on his relationship with LeBron James: ‘I don’t want to say it’s not been rocky at all’

Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are finally clicking after a slower-than-expected start to the season, and the relationships between the star players on the team have been somewhat solidified.

But it didn’t start out that way.

It took some time for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to get on the same page; there were reported confrontations after some early-season losses, and James admonished Irving after a game in which he scored 34 points — because he finished it with zero assists.

From Joe Vardon of

“He came up to me and was like, ‘One, you can never have another game with no assists,’ ” Irving said, describing James’ words. ” ‘You can damn near have just one, two, three, but you can’t have zero.’ And I was like, ‘All right, cool, it won’t happen again.’ And it hasn’t happened since that game.” …

“Friends or no friends, at the end of the day we’re all here to do one thing, and that’s to win,” James said to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. …

“I don’t want to say it’s not been rocky at all,” Irving said. “Obviously, he sees the game one way, I see the game another way. What makes it great about being on the team is that we both can see it together in our own way.”

There’s plenty more in the piece from both James and Irving, discussing how their relationship has evolved.

But really, it can be boiled down to this: Cleveland is 29-7 since Jan. 15, and when the wins are coming at better than an 80 percent clip, there’s far less to argue about.