Already without James Harden (a right leg strain that would take him out for several months), the Philadelphia 76ers could lose their other playmaker for several games.
Tyreese Maxi injured his ankle in this performance after stepping on Jevon Carter’s foot 🙏
Maxi in the first half:
9 out of 12 FG
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 19, 2022
Tyrese Maxey is officially out for the remainder of the game with a “left leg injury,” the Sixers say.
— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) November 19, 2022
Although the X-ray was negative, he will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury. reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Doc Rivers says Tyreese Maxi is in the boot right now and waiting for an MRI of her left leg tomorrow. Rivers says that Maxie says “he’s fine”, but Rivers warns that he’s not sure he’ll be okay right away.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) November 19, 2022
Maxi is averaging 22.8 points per game and shooting 40.8% of 3 this season. More worrying for the 76ers, they had a -7.4 net rating this season before this game with both Maxi and Harden not playing. However, this was not the case on Friday night as the 76ers were down by seven innings but returned to the Bucks to win 110–102 with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Joel Embiid.
The Grizzlies had a startlingly impressive 20-5 lead last season when I am Morant missed the game. This season they are 0-2 and the team has a net rating of -7.9 when he is not on the court.
The team announced that this will now be tested as Morant is listed weekly due to a Grade 1 left ankle sprain.
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) November 19, 2022
As noted by Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothing, Morant had problems with his ankles.
Re: Ja Morant: Grade 1 sprain is considered mild with micro tears of involved ligaments. Morant has a history of injury, having previously missed time due to a grade 2 sprain in the same ankle (incomplete tear). This injury happened last season and cost Morant 8 games.
— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) November 19, 2022
This leaves the Grizzlies without their powerful backcourt with Desmond Bain aside with a dislocated toe. The biggest reason the Grizzlies went 20-5 without Morant last season was Bayne’s performance, but other players will have to step up this time.
Morant picked up where he left off after the All-NBA season, where he averaged 28.6 points per game along with 7.1 assists and 6.2 rebounds per night. He’s been dynamic and athletic this season, and the Grizzlies will miss him for a week or two.
The Detroit Pistons started the season hoping to compete for a play-in spot, but they faltered and started 3-14. With this latest news, they may be the first team to turn to the Victor Vembanyama lotteries.
Cade Cunninghamwho has missed the team’s last five games, is considering shin surgery that could put him out of action for an extended period of time, according to multiple reports.
The Pistons and Cade Cunningham were trying to determine if surgery was needed to treat Cunningham’s problematic left calf, league sources say.
After a strong start to his second season, Cunningham missed Detroit’s final five games.
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— Mark Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 19, 2022
There are reports that this is a stress fracture of the tibia. From James Edwards III and Shams Charania of The Athletic:
There is still hope that this last week of rest has quelled the inflammation and pain enough to return to the floor sooner rather than later, but this can still only be resolved with time. At worst, the chronic pain continues to persist, and Cunningham takes a route that causes him to miss an extended period. However, according to league sources, Cunningham is trying to turn every stone before he decides to have surgery.
Regardless of which route Cunningham takes, he is expected to be out indefinitely as everyone invested in the rising star’s future works to determine the best course of action for his long-term health.
The operation will likely end Cunningham’s season, according to In Street Clothing’s Jeff Stotts.
Re: Cade Cunningham: If he manages a stress fracture in his tibia (tibia), surgery will likely be over in the season. The average loss of time due to stress-related tibial injuries requiring surgery is 61 games.
— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) November 19, 2022
Cunningham, the Pistons’ top pick in 2021, had an outstanding rookie season and impressed early in his second campaign, posting 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and six assists per game until he sat down with a sore shin.
Whether he gets surgery or not, if he misses an extended spell, it will leave the Pistons with one of the worst records in the NBA. Given the depth of talent at the top of next year’s draft board – not just Wembanyama, but Scoot Henderson, Nick Smith, Amen Thompson and others – the Pistons will need to consider what is best for the franchise’s long-term success. And it may not be many wins this season.
Knicks fans have been begging for help at point guard over the last couple of seasons.
This season with Jalen Brunson taking on the role and playing it well, the Knicks have enough depth to be willing to trade some of it – they’ll listen Derrick Rose or Immanuel Quickly suggestions, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Knicks have shown a willingness to include Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickly in trade talks, league sources say, to address the team’s oversupply at quarterback during the season.
Maybe Leon Rose and the front office can trade him for another player that Tom Thibodeau doesn’t want and won’t play.
Whether the Knicks can get a replacement player to really help them with Rose or Quickly right now is under discussion as both seasons are in decline.
Rose, 34, has struggled to find rhythm this season in an even more…