Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:49 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 1:15 pm

Monta's back injury is 'not serious'

Posted by Royce Young

Monday night, Monta Ellis took a weird, awkward fall against Toronto. He appeared to jam his back if that's possible by bending backwards in a strange way. He stayed on the floor for an extended period of time, appearing to be in legitimate pain.

He was taken off and didn't return to the game. He stayed in Toronto Monday night following the game and had some X-rays to see if any damage was done. But Ken Berger of CBSSports.com passes along that according to a source, Monta's injury is "not serious" and is being classified as a back strain.

A sigh of relief for the Warriors for sure, who have started the season 5-2 behind excellent backcourt play from the league's leading scorer Ellis and Stephen Curry. As to if Ellis will play Wednesday against the Knicks is up in the air still.

UPDATE: Via a press release, X-rays and CT scan show no structural damage on Warriors guard Monta Ellis' injured back. He is now in New York and is listed as day-to-day.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:22 pm

Want to play point guard for the Wolves?

Wolves injuries leaving point guard ranks depleted. Posted by Matt Moore

The Wolves were criticized a year ago for going hog-wild on point guards. They drafted Jonny Flynn, Ricky Rubio, and Wayne Ellington (a two-guard but we'll count it), and signed Ramon Sessions. Now they're out of point guards. These are the Timberwolves.

Flynn's on the shelf with a hip injury for two more weeks , Ricky Rubio is muching on tapas on a Spanish beach somewhere, Sessions has been traded to Cleveland and newly acquired Luke Ridnour is now out with an injury as well . Which means your point guard fleet for the Minnesota Timberwolves? Ellington, Sebastian Telfair, and Maurice Ager.

How could this possibly go wrong? And to think a year ago they were flooded with point guards.

The good news is that the triangle doesn't really require a prolific point guard. They basically set the offense and hang out to hit threes (hence why Derek Fisher has had such a long and prolific career). Now, getting past the question of why they set up a triangle offense and then drafted Ricky Rubio, it means that this may not be that big of a hit for the Wolves.

Except for that whole, being terrible at basketball thing.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:35 pm

Boozer has cast removed, ready to start rehab

Posted by Royce Young

According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld , Carlos Boozer has his cast and pins removed from his fractured right hand Wednesday morning. And now he can start rehab today as well. 

Aftr the initial injury, Boozer's timetable to return was for late November and potentially December. And everything seems to be right on that pace.

In his steed, Taj Gibson has been starting and has played well, averaging 13 points per game and almost five rebounds a game. So far, the Bulls are 2-1 and coming off a nice win against the Blazers Monday. And with Boozer set to return in a few weeks, it looks like Chicago will be able to weather the storm.

A lot of that was helped Tuesday by Luol Deng's 40 points against Portland, but maybe that's a taste of how Boozer's injury could be a good thing. With him out, players have been forced to step up. Deng is becoming a legit scoring threat on the wing, Derrick Rose has been fairly fantastic and now the Bulls' bench is deeper than previously thought because of Gibson's strong showing.

Barring any setbacks for Boozer or any other ninja gymbags that sneak up and take out his legs, he'll be back in a few weeks. And once he's there, Chicago will have a stout front line to go with a developing backcourt. Joakim Noah has been outstanding in the early going and once he gets his new tag-team partner, the Bulls might be ready to make a little noise.

Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:58 am

Randy Foye to miss a week or two

Posted by Royce Young

Per ESPN Los Angeles , backup Clippers point guard Randy Foye will be out one to two weeks with a strained left hamstring. This comes after starter Baron Davis is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, who missed Monday's game against the Spurs because of it.

Because of the injuries, rookie Eric Bledsoe got the starting nod. And he actually didn't fare too badly in his first NBA start. In 40 minutes, he had nine points, three assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Bledsoe ended up playing a lot off the ball with Eric Gordon assuming the point guarding duties for most of the night. Gordon compiled a career-high 11 assists against the Spurs to go along with 23 points (and two massive dunks).

Foye has played in two games so far, averaging six points and three assists in 24 minutes a game.

For the Clippers though, this is not great news. Some felt they could be a surprise playoff contender in the West but even at full strength they got off to a slow start. Now a couple injuries have hit and they could be digging themselves into a bit of a hole before the season even gets going. Vinny Del Negro will have to do some shuffling and hope that between Gordon and Bledsoe, the team can play somewhat coherently on the offensive end.

Though if Monday's game against the Spurs was any indication, there might be some rough stretches. And next up for the Clips is a game against the Thunder, one of the league best defensive teams that hasn't performed well on that end thus far and will be looking to make a statement.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 2:29 pm

Matt Bonner to miss 10-14 days

Posted by Royce Young

Time for you massively important injury update of the week. Brace yourself, Red Rocket fans. I have some bad news.

The Spurs sharpshooting big man will miss 10-14 days with an ankle sprain. As the San Antonio Express-News reported, Bonner's right ankle had swelled to the size of a baseball and he was quite eager to show everyone.

Bonner said: “Pretty ugly, don’t you think? I came down on somebody’s foot. That’s what I get for jumping."

Yeah, stick to the outside shooting if you know what's good for you. Since when did you think you could jump?

Bonner of course is one of the Spurs most underrated bench weapons. He's deadly on kickouts from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and is actually a better post defender than people realize. The Spurs are hurting a bit on the inside right now as Tiago Splitter isn't fully ready for his debut so Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess will likely be playing more minutes than usual, as well as DeJuan Blair.

Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:16 pm

Arenas out for at least two games

Posted by Royce Young

Nick Young shouldn't have to thank Gilbert Arenas. I think Arenas is actually hurt this time around.

Michael Lee of The Washington Post tweeted that Arenas will likely miss the Wizards first two regular season games because of a sore ankle. Arenas strained a tendon in the ankle and has been wearing a walking boot.

So far it's just a projected two games for Arenas, but it could be more. He'll see a doctor about the slow-recovering ankle this week.

There has been a lot of curiousity as to how Arenas and rookie John Wall would work together in the backcourt, but those questions will have to wait to be answered for a bit. And because of Arenas' injury, he hasn't practiced a ton with Wall and obviously has seen very little game action together with the rookie. So here we get a chance to see Wall with the team all to himself as well as we'll have something to compare it to when Arenas returns.

How does Flip Saunders balance the lineup with Arenas out? It's looking like Al Thornton will start, meaning he'll be in at small forward. I guess that means either Kirk Hinrich or Young will get the nod as shooting guard. The Wizards are looking at a fairly non-traditional lineup with or without Arenas it looks like.

Most feel that eventually, Washington will have to move Arenas to really complete the transition of handing the team to Wall. It's just going to be two games, but it'll at least be a taste and like I said, no we have a barometer to compare Wall against how played with and without Arenas.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 6:09 pm

Martell Webster done for 4-6 weeks.

Wolves wing out 4-6 weeks with herniated disk in back. Posted by Matt Moore

Well, then. What a fine way to start the season in Minny. Minnesota Timberwolves wing Martell Webster, acquired in a trade with Portland which netted them rookie Luke Babbitt, will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The 23-year-old guard averaged 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds (13.8 and 4.0 per 36 minutes) last season for the Blazers and shot 37% from the arc. He was expected to help tremendously with the Wolves' perimeter shooting and desperate wing situation. Without him, Corey Brewer and rookie Wesley Johnson will get most of the minutes, which should be entertaining, either way.

Brewer actually shot considerably well from the arc towards the end of last year, and with Michael Beasley on board, this doesn't hurt as much as it did. Well, for the Wolves, I mean. Must hurt pretty bad for Webster. Ouch.
Posted on: October 24, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 2:39 pm

Nick Collison will miss start of season for OKC

Posted by Royce Young

Last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder famously skirted by without any real injury issues. Though already without even playing a game yet, the Thunder's frontcourt depth has taken a hit.

Veteran forward Nick Collison will likely miss the first three weeks of the season reports John Rohde of The Oklahoman. Collison is fighting some lingering effects from a lower left leg stress reaction. It's really just a pain issue and Collison said he could probably play through it, but with the season just starting, he's playing it smart so that maybe he doesn't feel any effects later on in the year.

"It’s a tough injury because I feel pretty good walking around," Collison told the paper. "It’s not a question of if I can play right now. I play through pain all the time. Guys always do it. I could play through the pain right now, but if I start to grind on it when it’s not healed yet, there’s going to come a point where it starts to go back downhill, and that means I would have to sit out long term. I’m just trying to wait until the bone heals.”

Collison has yet to practice and basically all he's done so far is some aquatic training other than the usual ball-handling and shooting stuff. He said he's in decent shape already but upon his return, he'll likely have to be worked in.

As for the Thunder, Scott Brooks really prefers a nine-man rotation and Collison was a major part of that. With his absence, rookie Cole Aldrich will likely get an early opportunity to showcase his ability. Explosive big man Serge Ibaka will see more time than usual and potentially even a player like D.J. White could see time if Aldrich isn't ready.

It's by no means a major blow to the Thunder and last season, OKC dealt with some players like Collison, Krstic and James Harden missing a few games. But having a key rotation guy battling an injury that could nag him for the season isn't what you're looking for before you even play a real game.
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