Tag:injuries
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Caron Butler out for season; what's next for Mavs

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Butler underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a ruptured right patellar tendon and is out for the season.

According to multiple outlets, Maverick forward Caron Butler could miss significant time after potentially partially tearing his patella tendon in his right knee. He will be examinded on Monday to determine the injury.

Obviously this would be a haymaker in Dallas's gut if Butler has to miss the rest of the season or even the majority of it seeing as how the Mavericks have been playing extremely well together with Butler being a large part of that.

If the injury turns out to be as bad as it sounds and Butler is sidelined for significant time, what happens next for Dallas? Their first move has already been recalling guard Dominique Jones from their D-League affiliate. Jones was a first round pick by Dallas last June and was a scoring machine in college at South Florida. But as a lot of rookies do, he's struggled a bit in adapting to the speed and size of the NBA.

There's Shawn Marion, who has been playing behind Butler and can obviously fill in but not only does that hurt depth, but it also means Marion will have to take on increased minutes, something he may not be completely capable of doing. After that, the best option would be to play a bit smaller with DeShawn Stevenson playing small forward and Jason Terry starting at shooting guard.

A third option would be to slide Dirk Nowitzki down to small forward and play big inside with Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood starting together. That's pretty unlikely, but I'm sure we'll see that lineup at a few different points.

And then there's Steve Nova-- forget it. I'm not even going to try. If it comes to that, the Mavs are screwed.

It's not likely that Dallas will make a move for replacement seeing as their depth gives the Mavs options, but it does make the Carmelo Anthony rumors that much more interesting. Obviously Dallas would be renting Anthony for a few months and still doesn't have the best package to offer, but maybe Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson crank up the offer a bit if Butler is out for the season. Maybe they're willing to part with a few more substantial assets.

Thing is for Dallas, the window isn't staying open for forever. Dirk is getting older, Jason Kidd already is old and their stellar role players like Marion and Terry aren't going to play at this level for a whole lot longer. So that could crank up the sense of urgency in the team to make a move. Butler isn't so important that hs absence means Dallas falls hard on its face or anything, but it means the Mavs might not be the title contender they were two days ago.

Does that mean Cuban goes for the high risk move to bring in Anthony (or someone else I guess) to try and sustain the current level? Again, not likely but I wouldn't rule it out. The Mavericks have always lived by their moniker. They've never been afraid to go against the grain and make a risky move if they thought it was the ticket to a title. So if Butler's done, I wouldn't put it past them.

Butler's value to the Mavs can't be understated. He's an underrated, versatile defender and is a big part in the Maverick offense. He takes pressure off of Dirk, gives Kidd another option to kick to on the wing and has takeover ability late in games. He's a 30-point threat, but fits in well enough to score an efficient 15 almost nightly. He's really a perfect complementary piece alongside Dirk and Terry.

The injury fairy has starting nipping at the Mavs with Dirk missing a week because of a knee strain and Rodrigue Beaubois missing the first few months because of a broken foot. With Butler's injury being potentially more severe, Dallas might have to re-evaluate the current plan. The Mavs want to win now . They're sick of waiting around. They've got some depth that can get them by but if Butler won't be ready by April, they might have to look elsewhere.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Brandon Bass will not have surgery

Magic forward Brandon Bass will not undergo surgery... yet. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Magic got some good news, or rather, didn't get bad news Monday as doctors have been unable to conclude that Brandon Bass has a torn meniscus and have not recommended surgery. They're going to go with rest and Bass played 25 minutes Monday night. From the Orlando Sentinel

Coach Stan Van Gundy said team physician Craig Mintzer and another doctor have reviewed the scans of Bass’ knee, and the doctors aren’t convinced that the burly power forward has a torn meniscus. So, for the time being, the team will attempt to treat the discomfort in Bass’ knee without surgery.
via Brandon Bass participates in Monday’s shootaround – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel.


Bass has been enjoying a career year in points, rebounds, and shooting this season, and having a traditional post-oriented four who can hit the midrange has been very successful next to Dwight Howard. Having a player who can also produce some points down low when Howard takes a seat with his usual foul trouble is nothing to sneeze at, either. 

The issue is that Bass obviously does have an issue and has been dealing with it for a while. That he's trying to tough through it is commendable, but it's also problematic that the doctors don't know for sure what's wrong with it and that he's still playing on it. 

But in the short term, it's definitely good news for the Magic. 
Posted on: January 2, 2011 5:00 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Butler's out for season; what next for Dallas?

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Butler underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a ruptured right patellar tendon and is out for the season.

According to multiple outlets, Maverick forward Caron Butler could miss significant time after potentially partially tearing his patella tendon in his right knee. He will be examinded on Monday to determine the injury.

Obviously this would be a haymaker in Dallas's gut if Butler has to miss the rest of the season or even the majority of it seeing as how the Mavericks have been playing extremely well together with Butler being a large part of that.

If the injury turns out to be as bad as it sounds and Butler is sidelined for significant time, what happens next for Dallas? Their first move has already been recalling guard Dominique Jones from their D-League affiliate. Jones was a first round pick by Dallas last June and was a scoring machine in college at South Florida. But as a lot of rookies do, he's struggled a bit in adapting to the speed and size of the NBA.

There's Shawn Marion, who has been playing behind Butler and can obviously fill in but not only does that hurt depth, but it also means Marion will have to take on increased minutes, something he may not be completely capable of doing. After that, the best option would be to play a bit smaller with DeShawn Stevenson playing small forward and Jason Terry starting at shooting guard.

A third option would be to slide Dirk Nowitzki down to small forward and play big inside with Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood starting together. That's pretty unlikely, but I'm sure we'll see that lineup at a few different points.

And then there's Steve Nova-- forget it. I'm not even going to try. If it comes to that, the Mavs are screwed.

It's not likely that Dallas will make a move for replacement seeing as their depth gives the Mavs options, but it does make the Carmelo Anthony rumors that much more interesting. Obviously Dallas would be renting Anthony for a few months and still doesn't have the best package to offer, but maybe Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson crank up the offer a bit if Butler is out for the season. Maybe they're willing to part with a few more substantial assets.

Thing is for Dallas, the window isn't staying open for forever. Dirk is getting older, Jason Kidd already is old and their stellar role players like Marion and Terry aren't going to play at this level for a whole lot longer. So that could crank up the sense of urgency in the team to make a move. Butler isn't so important that hs absence means Dallas falls hard on its face or anything, but it means the Mavs might not be the title contender they were two days ago.

Does that mean Cuban goes for the high risk move to bring in Anthony (or someone else I guess) to try and sustain the current level? Again, not likely but I wouldn't rule it out. The Mavericks have always lived by their moniker. They've never been afraid to go against the grain and make a risky move if they thought it was the ticket to a title. So if Butler's done, I wouldn't put it past them.

Butler's value to the Mavs can't be understated. He's an underrated, versatile defender and is a big part in the Maverick offense. He takes pressure off of Dirk, gives Kidd another option to kick to on the wing and has takeover ability late in games. He's a 30-point threat, but fits in well enough to score an efficient 15 almost nightly. He's really a perfect complementary piece alongside Dirk and Terry.

The injury fairy has starting nipping at the Mavs with Dirk missing a week because of a knee strain and Rodrigue Beaubois missing the first few months because of a broken foot. With Butler's injury being potentially more severe, Dallas might have to re-evaluate the current plan. The Mavs want to win now . They're sick of waiting around. They've got some depth that can get them by but if Butler won't be ready by April, they might have to look elsewhere.
Posted on: December 31, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Chuck Hayes is out 2-4 weeks with a bad ankle

Reserve center out 2-4 weeks with moderate to severe ankle sprain.
Posted by Matt Moore


Chuck Hayes took a bad fall in practice, bad enough to require a wheelchair Thursday. It was later announced that Hayes has a moderate to severe sprain of his right ankle and is out for 2-4 weeks.  Which means the Rockets are pretty much doomed down low. 

The Rockets are already without Yao Ming, obviously. Brad Miller can't put in long minutes at his age. Which means that Jordan Hill will be getting significant time at center. Which is not good for, oh, what's the word? Winning. 

The Rockets brought in a tremendous amount of front court help this year in order to have depth behind Ming. But now for two weeks, the Rockets won't have the stout defensive reserve center or their starting center who is out for the year.  For a team that hasn't been nearly good enough defensively all year, that's pretty terrible news. 

So along with the Magic, Knicks, and Suns, the Rockets are also looking for a good center. We are having serious problems with defensive big man depth.
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Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:50 pm
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Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:18 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 9:19 pm
 

Blazers announce Roy is 'sidelined indefinitely'


Posted by Matt Moore

Hours after Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the Blazers and Brandon Roy were considering shutting down the superstar for the remainder of the season, the Blazers have issued a press release announcing that Roy has been "sidelined indefinitely." The release includes the following quote from Rich Cho:

“Unfortunately, Brandon Roy’s condition has not significantly improved and we’ve decided to hold him out indefinitely,” said Cho. “In the short term, we’re going to proceed with an extended period of rest. Beyond that, we’re looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action.”


So it would appear that the Blazers are at least making moves in the direction of a season-long sit-down for the All-Star. For more on the Blazers' situation without Roy, check out Ben Golliver's comprehensive breakdown on what it would mean for Roy, the Blazers, the fans, and everyone else.
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:15 pm
 

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

Injury initially diagnosed as a calf injury, not deemed serious by Doc Rivers. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Sources tell CBSSports.com's Ken Berger that initial exams of Kevin Garnett's injury in the first quarter of the Celtics' game loss to the Pistons Wednesday night indicated a pulled calf muscle. The injury was later termed a "muscle injury to the outside of his right leg, below the knee and above the ankle." The extent of the injury will be revealed in an MRI scheduled for Thursday. Post-game, Doc Rivers did not think the injury was serious, while obviously saying they'll have to see with the MRI.

Without Garnett, the Celtics' change on both sides of the ball is incredible. The odds of Garnett missing some time are good, but a calf injury means the duration will likely be considerably less than it would have been had it been a knee injury. The Celtics play the Hornets, Raptors, and Timberwolves in their next three before a big game against San Antonio next Wednesday. Then it's another tilt against the Raptors before a big game in Chicago. A worst case scenario for KG could have him out for several weeks, which would mean being without him for games against Orlando, Utah, Portland, and conceivably a January 30th game against the Lakers. In short: January's not the worst month for KG to miss time, but it's not ideal, either. 

Still, the Celtics have a game and a half lead over Miami for the top of the Eastern Conference, and have never been concerned with home court advantage in the playoffs. They can afford to miss KG for a while if it means he's ready for the playoffs. The important thing is making sure that Garnett doesn't suffer a recurring injury like can sometimes occur with a calf injury. They have to get him 100% healthy and back for the playoffs. In the meantime, they'll likely get Kendrick Perkins back from injury along with Rajon Rondo. That will likely be enough to keep them above water in time to push into the playoffs at full strength. 

Barring a surprising and devastating MRI results package on Thursday, Celtics fans can breathe a little easier. 
Posted on: December 29, 2010 8:28 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2010 10:13 pm
 

Kevin Garnett injures leg, will not return

Kevin Garnett suffers right leg injury against Pistons Wednesday night.
Posted by Matt Moore
 


UPDATE 10:10 p.m. EST: Reports have surfaced and been confirmed that the injury is a calf injury. If you're a Celtics fan, you'll take the calf injury over a knee injury any day, pending the MRI results. 

UPDATE 9:16 p.m. EST: A Celtics team spokesman confirms to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com that the injury is to KG's lower right leg, not his knee. 

UPDATE: KG is scheduled for an MRI Thursday, and players are indicating it may not be as bad as it looked according to Celtics' play-by-play announcer on Twitter

UPDATE: X-Rays are negative on Kevin Garnett, meaning there's no fracture. He's still done for the night, but no fracture. MRI likely tomorrow. 

In the first quarter of the Celtics' game in Detroit, Kevin Garnett tried to lift off on a dunk attempt, grimaced in pain and came down on his leg gingerly. He was in so much pain he was forced to leave the floor. He was in significant pain on the sideline and eventually left for the locker room. Shortly thereafter, the Celtics announced he would not return. A wheelchair was requested in the locker room, but Garnett was said to be moving on his own power. He is currently headed for X-Rays . The Celtics have termed it a "right leg injury."

Garnett has had multiple knee surgeries throughout his career and missed the remainder of the 2009 season with a knee injury which opened the door for the Magic to take the East. The Celtics have been nearly unstoppable before losing to the Magic on Christmas, and injury has seemed to be the only thing that could stop them in their rampage. An injury to Kevin Garnett would be, quite simply, devastating.

The following image shows Garnett upon landing, and is courtesy of ESPN Boston on Twitter.



Here's video of the injury:


 
 
 
 
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