Tennessee forward McGhee out at least 6-8 weeks (Yahoo Sports)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Jabari McGhee is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks after surgery on his right foot.

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Report: Kentucky forward Poythress has torn ACL

Kentucky would not confirm the injury, but reports on social media suggest otherwise.

      
 

 

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Indiana Pacers: Where do they stand moving forward?

The Indiana Pacers entered the 2014-15 NBA season in a situation that was dramatically different than what would have been expected just a few months before.
After losing guard Lance Stephenson to free agency, and wingman Paul George to a horrific season-ending injury, the Pacers suffered a string of debilitating injuries. George Hill has missed significant time with a knee contusion; David West missed the Pacers’ first fifteen regular season games with an ankle sprain; C.J. Miles was unavailable for a time with migraine headaches; Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Watson were absent for several games with foot injuries; and Roy Hibbert has missed recent contests with an ankle sprain. Needless to say, the Pacers were not expected to win many games, if any, to this point.
But the Frank Vogel-led Indiana Pacers didn’t let that get to them.
After starting the season with a dismal 1-6 record, the Pacers have since won six of the last ten, including road wins at Chicago (11-6), Miami (9-7), and Dallas (13-5). Over the c

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Cavs Rumors: Cavaliers Interested in Forward Andrei Kirilenko

Its no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in the market for another small forward. Recently, a flurry of reports have been released linking the Cavs front office to Brooklyn Nets small forward Andrei Kirilenko. Earlier in the season, the 13-year vet was in the midst of trade rumors that would’ve landed “AK47″ with the Philadelphia 76ers.
It should be noted that since the Friday, Nov. 21st matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 6-foot-9 inch forward has been away from the team dealing with family matters in New York. His family matters are making a trade impractical for the foreseeable future. Outside of the Cavaliers, the other contender in the race for Kirilenko is the Los Angeles Clippers. Both teams could use the services of a versatile wing player that possesses Kirilenko’s scoring ability. The Cavs in particular could use a more efficient backup to LeBron James.
The problem is, its hard to see what the Cavs would give up in exchange for a 33-year old Kirilenk…

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Wizards forward Nene sits out with foot injury (Yahoo Sports)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards forward Nene is sidelined with a right foot injury.

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5 Potential Solutions to Los Angeles Lakers’ Obvious Small Forward Problem

The Los Angeles Lakers face a number of problems this season, not the least of which is a lack of quality depth at nearly every position.

Minus a quality starting center, Lakers management loaded up on power forwards with the hope that Jordan Hill, Julius Randle, Ryan Kelly, Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre would address that deficiency. Teams are still destroying the Lakers in the paint.

That left a gaping hole at small forward, despite the presence of starter Wesley Johnson and super sub Nick Young. In Johnson, the Lakers have a 27-year-old former first-round draft pick who continues to underperform, most notably on offense.

So far in 13 games, Johnson has spent 32 minutes on the court, scoring less than eight points per game. His 26.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc is the worst of his five-year career.

Having Nick Young back has helped strengthen the bench, especially on offense. In his first two games following rehab on his injured thumb, Swaggy P averaged 16.5 points on 48 percent shooting in 28 minutes.

By his third game, however, Young disappeared, scoring just five points in 19 minutes against the Mavs.

After Johnson and Young, the small forward cupboard looks pretty bare. The Lakers do have Xavier Henry, but he’s been a non-factor who was injured to start the year and has offered little.

In fact, there is reason to believe if and when the Lakers make a roster move, it will be Henry who gets the pink slip.

Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding wrote earlier this week:

No massive talent upgrade is coming, though if 6’9″ forward Quincy Miller fares well in a tryout this week, expect to see him replace Xavier Henry on the team. Miller, who turns 22 on Tuesday and has rare upside despite no sense of how to reach it after two years with the Denver Nuggets, would at least give the Lakers a little more youth and hope in Julius Randle’s absence.

With a recently awarded $1.5 million Disabled Player Exception (DPE) as compensation for Randle’s broken leg, the Lakers have until March 10 to sign or trade for someone to fill that roster spot. 

The pickings are slim, but the Lakers are mining for any help they can get.

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Miami Heat: Two key points to consider moving forward

In South Beach, the Miami Heat currently sit in second place in the Southeast Division with a 6-5 record. Now, looking across the NBA, there are other teams with far more talent than the Heat who sit in a record lower or worse than the Heat. Here’s the issue at hand. When LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland, many thought the Heat would no longer be competitive or legit playoff contender this year. Even with the newest additions through the offseason, many fans sat on the edge of their seats prior to the opening of this season. However, thus far, head Erik Spoelstra has been able to construct a team of players who have a great chance to make an impact in the Eastern Conference this year, despite losing their star in LeBron James.
Again, at 6-5, if the playoffs started today, the Heat would sit at the sixth seed playing Chicago as the fifth seed. What may seem a little bit far-fetched this early in the season, it is evident the pressure will be on the Miami Heat as to whether or not they will have a

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Suns forward P.J. Tucker suspended by team (Yahoo Sports)

BOSTON (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker has been suspended for violating team rules.

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Florida forward has hairline fracture in hand (Yahoo Sports)

Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) goes for two points with William & Mary guard Greg Malinowski (5) unable to stop the move during the first half of NCAA College basketball in Gainesville, FL, Friday, Nov., 14, 2014. Florida defeated William & Mary 68-45.m (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith has a hairline fracture in his left, non-shooting hand.


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Pittsburgh forward Johnson suspended for season (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh's NCAA college basketball head coach Jamie Dixon takes questions during the school's annual media day in Pittsburgh. Dixon believes Pitt will score points. His biggest concern is whether the Panthers will stop anybody as they prepare for their second season in the ACC. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh junior forward Durand Johnson has been suspended for the entire 2014-15 season, with no reason given.


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