NBA notebook: Fultz diagnosed with nerve condition

NBA notebook: Fultz diagnosed with nerve condition
By Reuters

05/12/2018 at 02:27Updated 05/12/2018 at 02:28

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz has been diagnosed with a nerve condition and will be sidelined indefinitely as he undergoes physical therapy, the team announced Tuesday.

Fultz, 20, has thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which involves compression or
irritation of the nerves or blood vessels in the area between the lower neck
and upper chest.

"TOS (results) in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus
severely limiting Markelle's ability to shoot a basketball," Raymond Brothers,
the second-year player's agent, told ESPN.

Fultz has struggled to shoot the basketball since the 76ers made him the No. 1
overall pick in 2017. In 19 games this season, he has shot 41.9 percent from
the field, 28.6 percent from 3-point range and 56.8 percent from the foul line
while averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

--The NBA has fined Jazz center Rudy Gobert $15,000 for public criticism of
officiating following Utah's 102-100 loss at Miami on Sunday.

Gobert was called for a foul on Dwyane Wade with 3.2 seconds left and Wade
made the two decisive free throws. Gobert also referred to the sequence
immediately beforehand when teammate Donovan Mitchell was contested by Miami's
Josh Richardson and missed a potential go-ahead shot.

"I just want it to be consistent, at one point. Every night is the same
(bleep)," Gobert told reporters, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "Every
night has been the same (bleep). If you call something one way, you have to
call it the other way."

--The NBA has fined Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for
throwing the game ball at a spectator in Dallas earlier this week.

Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected from the game over the
incident with 9:10 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' 114-110
loss to the Mavericks on Sunday.

Beverley told reporters after the game that the spectator had cursed at his

--The Memphis Grizzlies have signed center Joakim Noah for the remainder of
the season, the team announced.

Noah signed for the veteran minimum of $1.73 million, according to ESPN, after
passing a physical.

The 33-year-old Noah is a two-time All-Star and was the NBA Defensive Player
of the Year in 2013-14, but has played in just 82 games over the past three
seasons due to injuries and a suspension.

--Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince will miss at least three weeks after
injuring his left ankle in Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors,
the team announced.

An MRI exam on Tuesday revealed a sprained ligament, bone bruise and soft
tissue inflammation.

Prince, 24, will be re-evaluated in a few weeks. He is averaging 15.0 points
and 4.0 rebounds in 21 games this season.

--Field Level Media