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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/16/14

NBA Player Updates 2/16: Leonard, Miller, Post-Break TV Schedule and More

February 16, 2014

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We’ve still got a couple more days to wait before the NBA picks back up again, but in the meantime there are plenty of storylines and rumors out there to keep our attention fresh. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and situations in the news and try to get a feel for what’s coming up. Here’s the latest.

JaVale McGee, C, Denver Nuggets: It’s been a while since we’ve gotten any new, concrete information on McGee’s status, but it appears that we have an update now. The team will reportedly be giving a final evaluation on his status by March 1, and the decision will revolve around whether or not he’ll need surgery on his fractured tibia.
McGee has been out of action since the Nuggets’ fifth game and apparently hasn’t healed much in the meantime. If he has surgery, the team hopes to have him ready by training camp. If he avoids the knife, there’s no guarantee he’ll be back on the court this year. It’s a lose-lose situation either way.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/16/14

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Jared Sullinger, PF/C, Boston Celtics: Even though he was able to play in the Rising Stars game on Friday, Sullinger is still dealing with something of an injury. He dislocated his finger last month, and it’s apparently still bothering him enough to make an attempt at avoiding contact in this last outing.
That said, this situation isn’t expected to be all that significant, so Sullinger should be able to play as normal when the league picks back up on Tuesday. Before the San Antonio game on Feb. 12, he had a string of six straight double-doubles.

Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs: Speaking of San Antonio, let’s head down there and check out Leonard, who is recovering from an injury himself. Here’s the latest on him: The team announced yesterday that he may be able to return to action Tuesday or Wednesday, which is an encouraging scenario.
Leonard is getting over a fractured hand and hasn’t seen the court since Jan. 23. His initial diagnosis was 3-4 weeks, so we’ll be right in the sweet spot of that timetable when play resumes. We’ll keep you posted.

Andre Miller, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets: Remember Miller? His feud with the Nuggets coaching staff was front page news for several weeks in December and January. He hasn’t played since Dec. 30 but may find his way back to the court very soon.
The Nuggets have been decimated by injuries this season (most notably Nate Robinson’s ACL surgery), and have worked out Miller. This may lead to him being able to rejoin the team--which would be a surprising turn of events considering how things have turned out so far. For the record, there have also been reports that say Miller has no interest in returning to the team.
We also still may see a trade happen--which would be the best thing for both Miller and the Nuggets. That’s easier said than done, though, as there’s been some interest in him, but apparently not enough to close a deal.

NBA Daily Schedule: We won’t see any more official league action for a few days, but the All-Star festivities should keep us busy until then. Here’s a look at what the schedule looks like when the league picks back up on Tuesday, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (FSI, SportSouth)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, FSOhio)
Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards (TSN2, CSN)

7:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons (SportSouth, FS Detroit)

8:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies (MSG, SportSouth)
Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks (FS Florida, Fox Sports Wisconsin)

8:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks (FSSW, Sun Sports)

9:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets (FSAZ, Altitude)

10:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (Sportsnet One, FSSW, PRIME TICKET)

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