NBA Thursday news, schedule, updates, rumors: MRI on Aldridge's knee comes back clean
Welcome back to another day in the Association. After a wild Wednesday night that saw multiple records fall and late-game heroics, were jumping right back into the mix on Thursday. We’ll be here all day updating you on the latest news and notes, and we’ll stay on board throughout the five-game slate.
With the playoff and tanking races in both conferences heating up, and a national TV doubleheader in store, it should be another exciting day in the NBA world.
Hill, Nash, Kidd, Cheeks entering the Hall of Fame
Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Maurice Cheeks were all informed they’ll be entering the Hall of Fame, according to ESPN. That’s a legendary list of players that includes both NBA and college accomplishments. Two of them are absolutely legendary point guards, another is an all-time great that hasn’t been nearly appreciated enough, and another is one of the biggest what if’s in NBA history.
Ball not worried about knee
Lonzo Ball left Wednesday night’s Lakers victory early with what he described as “dead leg” injury. Ball got hit in the back of the knee, but he’s not too concerned about the injury. Despite his lack of concern, the Lakers are still going to have him undergo a precautionary MRI to make sure he’s fine.
Aldridge MRI reveals no structural damage
LaMarcus Aldridge underwent an MRI on his knee Wednesday. It revealed no structural damage, which is great news for the Spurs. He’s their best player this season and they need him if they’re going to make a serious run at the playoffs like they usually do.
Aldridge is currently listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Thunder. San Antonio is one game behind OKC in the playoff race and a win would tie them in record.
Lillard shares photo of newborn son
Damian Lillard missed Wednesday’s loss to the Grizzlies for a good reason — he flew home to be there for the birth of his newborn son. The Blazers point guard shared the first photo of Damian Houston Lillard on Thursday. Full story
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- Sixers big man Joel Embiid will not travel on the team’s upcoming two-game road trip after suffering a face contusion during Wednesday’s 118-101 win over the Knicks.
- Despite his questionable designation, Wizards point guard John Wall is not expected to play on Thursday against the Pistons.
- Blazers point guard will reportedly return for Friday’s game against the Clippers after missing Wednesday’s loss to the Grizzlies to witness the birth of his son.
- Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen will be rested on Thursday and will not play against the Heat.