National Basketball Association roundup

National Basketball Association roundup
By Reuters

22/04/2017 at 01:10

April 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb in the NBA playoffs on Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Friday.

The Bulls said Rondo underwent a subsequent exam, and X-rays confirmed the thumb fracture. His injury will not require surgery.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Friday that Rondo will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days and is wearing a cast. Rondo also has been dealing with a wrist injury that caused him to miss three games in the final week of the regular season.

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Kevin Durant participated in the Golden State Warriors' practice and accompanied the team on its flight to Portland for Saturday's Game Three against the Trail Blazers. However, Durant is still listed as questionable for the game because of a calf injury suffered in Game 1.

"Look, if it was Game Seven of the Finals, (Durant) could play," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We're not talking about something that could damage his career. What we're talking about is something that if it potentially gets worse and knocks him out for a few weeks, it's not worth it."

Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, who has a right index finger sprain and hand contusion, and swingman Matt Barnes, who has a sprained right ankle, both practiced, and both are listed as questionable for Saturday's game.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 by the NBA for using inappropriate language during a postgame media interview.

Westbrook made his comments after the Thunder's 115-111 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night to go down 2-0 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Westbrook scored 51 points in that game and added 13 assists and 10 rebounds.

"I don't give a (expletive) about the line," Westbrook told reporters. "We lost."

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Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. was fined $25,000 by the NBA for kicking the ball into the stands.

The incident occurred at the conclusion of the 109-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night that gave the Wizards a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference series.

Oubre had one point and one rebound in 13 minutes.

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The Sacramento Kings hired Scott Perry as executive vice president of basketball operations, the team announced.

Perry will report directly to general manager Vlade Divac and assist in all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Kings' front office, including roster management and development, player personnel matters, scouting strategy and free agency negotiations.

Perry joins the Kings after serving the last five seasons in a similar capacity with the Orlando Magic. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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