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nba rumors Small forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder are healing quickly and might be able to return to the starting lineup within a week, the Oklahoman reported. Westbrook is recovering from surgery for a broken bone in his right hand, while Durant is coming back from a broken bone in his right foot. Sports Xchange

As expected, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant participated in practice Saturday, joining their Thunder teammates in select portions of non-contact drills. Both are said to be progressing from their respective injuries on schedule. “They looked good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “They’ve been with the group the whole time, but (Saturday) was the first day they’ve actually participated in some of the drills. It wasn’t the entire practice.” Brooks declined to provide details on what each player did Saturday and said only that they were involved in portions of practice. Oklahoman

Durant is scheduled to have his surgically-repaired right foot evaluated Thanksgiving, according to the team’s original timetable for his recovery. Westbrook originally was projected to have his surgically-repaired right hand be evaluated two days after Thanksgiving. Oklahoman

nba rumors Paul George is on schedule to begin light running next month as he continues to rehab from a devastating leg injury. The Indiana Pacers are not expecting George to play again this season but the All-Star forward is not ruling himself out. “It’s a goal for sure to be able to have the opportunity to play this year, especially alongside the group of guys that we’ve got,” George said. “I feel very confident with the guys we got (who) are in the jersey or out of the jersey right now. We have a good team. That’s one of my goals. I would love to come back and make a return and help this team out anyway I can down the line. But right now it’s about getting healthy and making sure I’m good for the future.” NY Daily News

It sounds unlikely that Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play the rest of November while recovering from a stress reaction in his right foot. Hornets coach Steve Clifford told the Observer Saturday he isn’t counting on Kidd-Gilchrist being back before the Dec. 3 home game against the Chicago Bulls. Kidd-Gilchrist has missed the past four games after a magnetic resonance imaging in Phoenix Nov. 13 showed evidence of a stress reaction. Charlotte Observer Blog

nba rumors Andrei Kirilenko missed the game for personal reasons, and it appears his time with the Nets has come to an end. It’s remarkable how quickly Kirilenko has fallen from a player most of the league was up in arms about the Nets – and the team’s Russian ownership – being able to get last summer for what seemed like a below-market contract to one that spent almost half of last season injured and who 12 games into his second year with the team could possibly be done in the NBA. NY Post

Phil Jackson’s path from the locker room to his car at Madison Square Garden is now protected by security guards and media relations officials who apparently didn’t get the memo that the Knicks president wants to repair the relationship between the club and the press. Then again, maybe there was a secret memo ordering employees to “keep those creeps away from me” that was sent out the day after Jackson was intercepted by the media leaving MSG after the opening night debacle against the Chicago Bulls. In that sense, Jackson is a little like his boss; neither appreciate the ambush interview. NY Daily News

nba rumors If the Bucks' lopsided loss in Toronto wasn't bad enough, it got worse on Saturday. The NBA corrected a scoring error to make the official final a 124-82 victory for Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Bucks center John Henson was incorrectly credited with a three-point field goal when he made a jump shot in the lane with 1 minute 44 seconds remaining in the game. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Lakers have experienced a new wave of injuries, but none of which the team feels are serious. Both Lakers forward Carlos Boozer (sore left shoulder) and guard Jeremy Lin (sore back) sat out of Saturday’s practice, while Kobe Bryant stayed at home at his Orange County residence to rest his 36-year-old body. LA Daily News Blog

nba rumors After Friday's loss in Memphis, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the Grizzlies' frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph "smoked" his team and suggested Boston's young bigs like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk could "learn a lot" from watching Memphis' veteran duo. Asked to expound upon that notion after Saturday's practice, Stevens said: "What I was really talking about in that situation was how well they play off one another, how well they read things. How Randolph hits you right at the right time to get his post position; how if you’re fronting him, he seals you right at the lane and Gasol reads it and flashes and plays high/low; how good Gasol is at getting to the seam in pick-and-rolls, because he doesn’t roll to the rim like a Brandan Wright or a Tyson Chandler in Dallas, where they are flying around and dunking everything." ESPN Boston

Rookie guard Marcus Smart engaged in some post-practice stretching with his teammates, but did not participate in the brief on-court activities. Stevens said Smart is out for Sunday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, though had previously said the team hopes to have Smart back on the court later this week. Boston has a four-day break before hosting the Chicago Bulls on Friday afternoon. ESPN Boston

Vitor Faverani watched from the side as his Celtics teammates practiced today. The center, now recorvering from his second knee surgery in six months, remains in the dark about when he will be able to play again. "We don’t talk about the time. Just try to heal better, faster," he said. "I’m here. I want to play. We just need to wait for my knee." The absence of a timetable doesn't mean that Faverani hasn't noticed improvement. Boston Herald blog

nba rumors Brandon Jennings didn't have the greatest of weeks but the Detroit Pistons point guard said Friday that his team's errant shooting may be reparable with repetitions. "If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot," Jennings said after Friday's 99-89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything. When we do have shootarounds, we're not able to get up shots like we should." Michigan Live

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard says he is still hampered somewhat by the vision problems that have plagued him since coming down with an eye infection in the preseason. Leonard’s right eye remains blurry and sensitive to light, and says his eyesight has shown little improvement a month and a half after he contracted conjunctivitis on the Spurs’ European trip in early October. “I’m still not 100 percent,” Leonard said after the Spurs’ 121-92 victory in Minnesota on Friday. San Antonio Express-News Blog

Wizards: But Coach Randy Wittman has shown a willingness to play Seraphin regardless of his frustrating erratic play. Seraphin is a rare commodity in today’s NBA, a 24-year-old with a lethal low-post game. The key for Seraphin, Wittman has constantly emphasized, is to slow down and stick to his best weapon — the jump hook — until defenses find a way to neutralize it. Usually, they don’t. “I thought Kevin gave us a huge lift off the bench, huge,” Wittman said. “First half with him scoring, second half with him rebounding and blocking shots. He was really big off the bench.” Washington Post blog


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