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LeBron James cleared to increase on-court participation

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EL SEGUNDO – LeBron James was evaluated by team medical staff and physicians today. The healing of James’ groin injury is progressing and James has been cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements. A further update will be provided on January 16.  



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McCollum leaves game with apparent leg injury

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Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum left Saturday’s road game with the San Antonio Spurs after suffering an apparent left leg injury in the third quarter. 

No prognosis was immediately available. McCollum, who had to be helped off the court, is slated for an MRI on Sunday for what is feared to be a knee injury, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

McCollum was injured after landing awkwardly on a drive to the basket. Spurs reserve Jakob Poeltl appeared to land on McCollum’s foot to compound the injury. 

McCollum left with 10 points in 22 minutes.

This post will be updated when further information is available. 



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Westbrook faces mandatory suspension after 16th technical

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook faces a mandatory one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season in Saturday’s clash with the Golden State Warriors. 

Westbrook was assessed a technical late in the first half after his shot was blocked by Klay Thompson. Westbrook, upset that no foul was called, immediately fouled Thompson and was further penalized with the technical for complaining. 

Unless the technical is rescinded, Westbrook will be suspended for Monday’s home game with the Miami Heat. 

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Brogdon out indefinitely with plantar fascia tear

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MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon underwent an MRI and subsequent examination today by team physician Dr. William Raasch at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. The exam revealed a minor plantar fascia tear in Brogdon’s right foot.

Brogdon will be listed as out and his status will be updated as appropriate.

In 64 games (all starts) for the Bucks this season, Brogdon is averaging a career-high 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.6 minutes per game, while shooting career bests in field goal percentage (.505) and 3-point percentage (.426).

He is also shooting an NBA-high 92.8 percent from the free throw line, making him the only player in the NBA shooting better than 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point distance and 90.0 percent from the foul line. A 50/40/90 season has only been done 13 times in NBA history.

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