NBA Rumors for Wednesday, Feb. 10
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Kevin Love left the game in the final minute of the first half Wednesday night with a left shoulder injury and will not return, the team said. It is the same shoulder Love had surgically repaired last spring. It wasn’t immediately clear how Love was injured or the severity of the injury. Akron Beacon Journal Blog
The Warriors recently found out they would be without backup center Festus Ezeli for at least six weeks, but will his injury make Golden State a buyer at the NBA trade deadline? In an interview with 95.7 The Game on Wednesday afternoon, general manager Bob Myers made it clear that he is content with the team's roster as currently constructed. CSN Bay Area
The injury history of starting center Andrew Bogut is also a concern with Ezeli out. Bogut has sat out seven games this season, and missed 80 games across three prior seasons with the Warriors. CSN Bay Area
Acknowledging that though his back is OK but he continues to experience headaches, [Warriors head coach Steve] Kerr plans a long, therapeutic weekend at his home San Diego in hopes recharging for the final 30 games. CSN Bay Area
Yet he acknowledges there may be occasions over the final two months when Luke Walton, who served as interim coach through preseason and the first 43 games, will be called upon to handle head coaching duties for the team with the best record (47-4) in the NBA. “Yeah, but I’m undefeated; he lost four games,” Kerr said, flashing a dash of humor. “No, it is very comforting to know the team is in great hands.” CSN Bay Area
Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder during the second half of Wednesday’s 117-95 road victory over the Indiana Pacers. Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to an Indianapolis hospital where doctors would pop the shoulder back into the joint. This is the same shoulder that Kidd-Gilchrist injured in the preseason, requiring surgery to repair a torn labrum. Charlotte Observer
Kidd-Gilchrist was injured when Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi fell on his shoulder under the Hornets’ basket. Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t get up until after the Hornets fouled to stop play. He appeared to be in severe pain before being helped to the locker room. It’s unclear how long Kidd-Gilchrist might miss while recovering from this injury, but a minimum of weeks is likely. Charlotte Observer
Kemba Walker scored 25 points and Jeremy Lamb had 16 as the suddenly surging Charlotte Hornets rolled to a 117-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Six players scored in double figures for the Hornets (27-26), who won their third straight – and their first at Indiana since November 2008. Charlotte Observer
Grizzlies: Coach Dave Joerger said he wasn't sure if Gasol's absence meant center Ryan Hollins would be signed for the remainder of the season. ... The Grizzlies have won four straight meetings to take a 20-19 lead in the series. ... The Grizzlies have no players involved in any events at All-Star weekend. StarTribune
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Hassan Whiteside didn’t just get sent off the court Tuesday night, he got sent home. Heat officials told the 26-year-old to leave the arena after he got hit with a flagrant-2 for elbowing the Spurs’ Boban Marjanovic as they tried to get position for a rebound. NY Daily News
“We’ve been through this with him before,” Spoelstra said of Whiteside. “It’s a disappointing play. That’s not a basketball play.” Along with the ejection, the flagrant-2 comes with a one-game suspension, which he can appeal. With the All-Star break in Toronto set for this weekend, Whiteside, if he doesn’t appeal, will be eligible to return to the lineup on February 20 against the Wizards. NY Daily News
In the midst of a bruising 1-8 slump, accompanied by the typical grumbling and grousing in the locker room, much of it by Cousins, Divac realized that firing his future Hall of Fame coach – after less than one year – would be another futile attempt to appease a few disgruntled players and confused, conflicted fans. Sacramento Bee
Divac, only months into the job, must fully empower Karl, and Karl needs to rear back and kick some butts. There should be no sacred Kings. Except, of course, there is. Cousins has wielded a ridiculous amount of influence for a player whose primary accomplishment is being named to two All-Star teams. In his first five seasons, the Kings never won more than 29 games. In his NBA career, he has ranked not only among the league leaders in scoring and rebounding, but in technical fouls and suspensions, open defiance of coaches and disrespect toward opponents and teammates. Sacramento Bee
The Bulls started the season as offensively inept as ever. Fortunately, they were able to win games they same way they have the last few years, with defense. But with each passing week, their defense worsened. The Bulls allowed more than four points-per-game more in January than they did in November. Unfortunately, February is getting even uglier. Chicago Sun-Times
The L.A. Clippers announced today that forward Blake Griffin has been suspended without pay for four games for striking a team employee on Jan. 23 and his wages will be withheld for one additional game for injuries he sustained. The NBA has assisted us in this process. The Clippers will donate the salary from the five games to charities focused on disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles. At his request, Blake will support this activity with his time. InsideHoops
The NBA announced today that Bulls forward/center Pau Gasol will replace injured Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. For Gasol, it marks the second consecutive season that he has been named an All-Star and his sixth selection overall. The 35-year old Gasol has appeared in 48 games, where he has averaged 17.0 ppg, 10.9 rpg (third in the East; sixth in the NBA), 3.3 apg, 2.02 bpg (second; fifth) and 0.63 spg in 31.9 mpg. InsideHoops
Chicago rocker Jeff Tweedy had some expected collaborators during a recent studio session: a couple of Harlem Globetrotters. A video posted by the AV Club shows team members El Gato Melendez and Slick Willie Shaw bounding into the website’s Chicago offices — as well as the studio where Tweedy was at work with son and bandmate Spencer Tweedy. Chicago Sun-Times
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