Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: May 25, 2011 11:59 am

Report: Omer Asik is done for the year

Omer Asik out at least through series, possibly season after ankle injury. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Update 11:59 a.m.: CSN Chicago reports the injury is actually a broken fibula. Ow. 

Original report: It's raining in Chicago today. And when it rains, it pours.

A day after the Bulls lost to the Heat to go down 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, a Turkish journalist reports that Bulls center Omer Asik is done for the season with an ankle injury. The Chicago Tribune confirms that Asik is done for this series at least. 

It's more bad news for the Bulls as Asik's help off the bench added to the depth that was one of Chicago's major advantages and the reason they won Game 1. Asik not only helped defensively with raw size, but his attack on the glass provided points. You know points, those things Chicago can't produce at all during this series. 

The loss of Asik isn't as devastating tactically considering Tom Thibodeau's bizarre decision to go with smaller and smaller lineups, trying to get out and run past the most athletic team in the league. But as the Bulls' advantage on the offensive glass continues to shrink, Asik could have helped to offset Udonis Haslem's impact. Without Asik, the Bulls will run even smaller lineups, especially if Joakim Noah gets in foul trouble going forward.

Like I said, when it rains, it pours for Chicago.
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 12:33 pm

Manu Ginobili played with a broken arm

Manu Ginobili reveals he suffered a broken arm, played through it. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Manu Ginobili may be a flopper, but don't you dare call him soft. In an interview with an Argentinian website, translated by ProjectSpurs.com, Ginobili revealed that during the Spurs' first round series against the Grizzlies, he did not have an elbow sprain as reported by the Spurs. No, no, he had a broken arm. Here's the messy translation from ProjectSpurs.com: 
"Last Wednesday, the medical staff of San Antonio I had the last MRI. The liquid has been absorbed and small fracture in the humerus is welded at 85 percent. I have to be doing nothing for 3 weeks and then begin slowly."
via Ginobili says Spurs did not pressure him into not playing this summer, updates his elbow injury | May.

Forget LeBron's cold. forget even Rondo's dislocated elbow, though that was pretty gritty as well. Ginobili not only played through a broken arm, but was effective in multiple games with a broken arm. Notably during the series in a fast break collision, Tony Allen landed right on top of that arm of Manu's, and Ginobili still got up and hit the free throw.

There's tough, there's super-tough, there's incredibly tough, and then there's Manu Ginobili. Memphis played exceptionally well in that series and deserved to win. But you have to wonder how things would have been for the top-seeded Spurs had Ginobili not been playing with a fractured wing.

(HT San Antonio Express News) 
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:54 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 1:57 am

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

Andrew Bynum injures knee against Spurs, diagnosed as a hyperextended knee, MRI tomorrow. 
Posted by Royce Young

Update 1:40 a.m.:
Kevin Ding of the OC Register tweets, "Bynum says he will be fine and will be ready for playoff opener this weekend." Obviously the MRI will tell the real story, but that's at least some encouraging news.

Update 12:53 a.m.:
Phil Jackson told TNT during a third-quarter interview, "I went in and talked to (Andrew Bynum) at half-time, and he said 'I'm (going to) be allright." That's what you'd expect to hear out of Jackson regardless, but it's still a better sign than Jackson spouting off a parable or starting to cry.

Original report
: Things may be much different heading into the playoffs for the defending champs. All of Laker nation will be holding their breath for the results of an MRI Wednesday morning.

Andrew Bynum hyperextended his right knee (that's the one with the brace) during the second quarter of the Lakers' game against San Antonio on Tuesday. He sat on the floor grimacing a bit, then immediately went to the locker room.

Bynum was hurt midway through the second quarter when he stepped on DeJuan Blair's foot. Bynum awkwardly fell to the floor but did walk on his own off re court.

Bynum won't travel with the Lakers to Wednesday night's season finale to Sacramento the team said. The center will have an MRI on Wednesday morning.

Bynum is averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and almost two blocked shots in 54 games this season. His presence alongside fellow 7-footer Pau Gasol is one of the things that make the Lakers so darn dangerous. That size makes them almost impossible to match up with. And then you Kobe Bryant as well and it's easy to see why they've won two titles and are a favorite going in this year. Plus, Bynum has quietly put together a nice season on the interior, especially on the defensive end. All of that changes a great deal if Bynum is out.

But Bynum missed the first 28 games of the regular season following surgery on his right knee and has really become pretty fragile. He partially tore the meniscus in his right knee last season, but postponed surgery until summer to start all 23 playoff games in the Lakers' championship run. (And to make a trip to the World Cup in South Africa.)

He tweaked his knee a week ago in a game and just seems ready to go down at any moment. With him, the Lakers are a dominant interior team. Without him, they're a whole new story.

If he's hurt, things change. But we'll have to wait and see.
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:14 pm

Ellis has concussion, will miss final two games

Posted by Royce Young

Monta Ellis took a nasty spill last night. It was one of those abruptly-inhale-deeply-and-don't-breathe-again-until-he-moves kind of falls. He was taken to the hospital but as the Warriors said today, Ellis was released this morning with a Grade 2 concussion.

The team says he'll miss the final two games of the season.

The fall was pretty scary just because the way it happened. Ellis hit the side of his head on the floor, which doesn't happen often. Once he got up after laying for a minute or so, he was obviously woozy and shaken.
As the NFL has been trying to tell us lately, along with people well before, concussions are no joke. And Ellis's was pretty serious. Basketball is not immune to these types of things with sharp elbows flying around, players jumping high and hard falls taking place. That wood below is hard. Really hard. It's not very forgiving.

Ellis will be fine but his injury is a subtle reminder that the concussion discussion isn't entirely limited to just football and hockey. Basketball is indeed a contact sport and hard falls happen.
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:30 am

Dwyane Wade probable against Bobcats

Dwyane Wade expected to return to lineup against Bobcats from bruised thigh.

Posted by Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade has missed a few games with a bruised thigh, which probably had something to do with the Heat's loss to the Bucks.  Wade participated in shootaround Friday morning, and is listed as "probable" for Friday night's game against the Bobcats. 

The Heat are tied with Boston for the No. 2 seed in the East. They face the Bobcats Friday, then a game on Sunday, then the Hawks monday on a back-to-back, then finish with the Raptors on Wednesday to close out the season. The Celtics face the Wizards Friday, then they also have a game on Sunday, then a back-to-back in Washington, and finish at home against the Knicks

That game on Sunday is of course Celtics vs. Heat, and it will go a long way towards sorting this whole thing out. Both teams winning out outside of that game is very possible. So that game on Sunday will likely determine not only who gets that 2 seed, but how much rest each team will get. If the Celtics win, with a tie breaker, they can rest players and still walk away with the seed thanks to tie-breaker. If the Heat win, the Celtics may have to keep pushing, when they're pretty burned out at this point. 

All of this could be rendered moot if the Bobcats join the legion of underwhelming teams who have dropped the Heat. 
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:58 am

Amare' Stoudemire out Friday against Nets

Amar'e Stoudemire out Friday against Nets
Posted by Matt Moore

Amar'e Stoudemire will miss Friday night's game versus the New Jersey Nets, and Chauncey Billups may be out as well for the Knicks. Deron Williams will also miss the game after wrist surgery. 

Here's a list of the six best players that will be playing in this game. Carmelo Anthony, Brook Lopez, Toney Douglas, Anthony Morrow, Sasha Vujacic/Landry Fields. 

May God have mercy on all those who choose to make it out to Newark's arena tonight. 

Stoudemire's dealing with a sprained ankle, and with the Knicks having locked up a playoff spot, there's no reason to avoid shutting him down until he's as healthy as can be. They've only got a half-game lead over Philadelphia for the sixth seed, but really, there's not much difference between facing the Heat and the Celtics. They're outmatched either way. They have a four-game lead over the Pacers to avoid the Bulls in the first round, but then, New York's had the most success against Chicago. Go figure. 
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:40 am

Deron Williams done for the year

Williams to have wrist surgery, out for the rest of the regular season.
Posted by Matt Moore

Deron Williams has had one of the more rollercoaster seasons you can have. Started off on a hot Utah Jazz team, kept coming up with comebacks, toppled the Heat, started to fade, hit a long losing stretch, battled with his coach, his coach who had been with the team for 28 years resigns, he's traded to the Nets, who assume he's going to re-sign, his wife delivers a baby girl, he's on a lottery squad, they start to make a move for the playoffs, that falls off, he gets injured. 

And now, surgery. 

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports Williams will undergo surgery on his wrist to remove bone fragments Friday. He will miss the rest of the regular season (which isn't as scary now as it used to be, since the season's only got another five days on it). It's unfortunate he'll be dealing with the injury when he should be getting acquainted with teammates, working out, trying to fit into New Jersey and getting his mind right after a tumultuous year. Then again, considering the lockout, he could be on the shelf for quite a while to heal and still have time to do all those things. 

Williams won't have international competition to worry about, won't have the grind of the playoffs, the wear and tear on the body. He should be in good condition to recuperate from surgery, then get his mind and body right for his contract season. He's going to have to come up with a strategy to shut down questions about where he's going in 2012, something no one, from LeBron to Dwight Howard, has been able to figure out. Meanwhile the Nets will have to continue to woo the man they already traded for, which they likely did not anticipate. It's been an up and down year for Deron Williams. 

And it's going to continue on that path for the foreseeable future. 
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:34 pm

Dwyane Wade to miss Heat game Wednesday

Dwyane Wade out Wednesday night against Milwaukee Bucks with lingering thigh bruise. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade will miss Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks with continuing soreness in his thigh, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinal. As we blogged about Tuesday, the Heat are trying to leverage needing to win games to ensure the second, and possibly top overall seed in the East versus making sure Wade's healthy. 

Against the worst offense in the league in Milwaukee, and considering how sore Wade still is, this likely wasn't a difficult decision for Wade or head coach Erik Spoelstra. Without Wade, expected increased work from LeBron James, as we've seen when Wade's been out earlier this season. Wade's missed four games this season with various injuries. Expect him to take his sweet time getting back from the bruise, though it's hard to see him missing Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics
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