Tag:Elliot Williams
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:37 am
Edited on: January 28, 2011 12:59 pm

Nicolas Batum's MRI negative, day-to-day

Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum suffered an injury to his left knee on Thursday night and will undergo an MRI. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Update (12:58 PM Friday): The Blazers have announced that Batum's MRI came back negative. The team said that Batum "has a bone contusion and is listed as day to day." Another bullet dodged for the Blazers.
Yes, you've heard this story from Portland before: a key member of the Trail Blazers is set to undergo an MRI on his knee after injuring it. This time around, it's starting small forward Nicolas Batum, who injured his left knee while defending Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce on Thursday night. Batum is set to undergo an MRI on Friday morning.

The injury occurred during second quarter action, as Batum back-pedaled while Pierce drove hard to the hoop. There was no apparent contact and Batum never left the ground. Nevertheless, he was in immediate pain after the play and the Blazers were forced to take a timeout to remove him from the game. He exited the court, limping, and headed straight for the locker room.

Here's a look at the video.

  After the game, Batum, who appeared to be in a bit of shock or disbelief, was adamant that the injury will not require surgery. "I'm OK, Batum said. "Not worried. No surgery. I'm sure I won't get surgery. I'm sure. I know my body. I've had a couple of surgeries before. I know when I need surgery. For my shoulder, I knew I was going to need surgery. When I broke my foot five years ago, I knew I would need surgery."

However, Batum was unable to flex his left leg much and he used crutches -- which he said were precautionary -- to leave the arena. Batum admitted that there was some swelling on his knee but said it was just "a little bit."

Asked to describe how the injury happened, Batum replied, "I tried to block Paul Pierce, I tried to jump, I couldn't jump, I don't know why and I felt something stretch in my knee."

Portland has undergone an unprecedented rash of knee injuries this season. Center Greg Oden, guard Elliot Williams and former big man Jeff Pendergraph, who was released, all underwent season-ending knee surgeries since the start of training camp. All-Star guard Brandon Roy is out indefinitely after undergoing dual arthroscopic knee surgeries and center Marcus Camby is out for a few weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month. 

The Blazers did dodge one bullet this week, as power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, by far the team's best remaining healthy player, got good news on an MRI and X-rays taken on his sore right hip, as they revealed only a contusion.

Batum, a third-year player from France, starts at small forward and is averaging 12 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31 minutes per game so far this season. He mised much of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 2:22 pm

Blazers' Camby out 3 weeks after knee surgery

Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby is expected to miss "approximately three weeks" after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Posted bymarcus-cambyBen Golliver.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced that center Marcus Camby, who suffered a knee injury on Monday during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday. Camby is expected to miss "approximately three weeks."
Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee this morning, it was announced by General Manager Rich Cho.
Dr. Don Roberts performed the surgery in Vancouver, Wash., and Camby is expected to miss approximately three weeks.
"We're pleased with the outcome of today's surgery, and look forward to seeing Marcus back on the court soon," said Cho. "In the meantime, we have confidence in our frontcourt players to step into the void left by Marcus and help us continue to win games."
As far as injury news goes for the Blazers, this is about as good as it gets. Already this season, guard Elliot Williams, forward Jeff Pendergraph and center Greg Oden have been lost to season-ending knee injuries, and guard Brandon Roy is also out "indefinitely" after undergoing dual knee surgeries earlier this week.

In Camby's absence, the Blazers will use centers Joel Przybilla and Sean Marks, and will also play some small ball with power forward Dante Cunningham. Cunningham got the start for Portland last night against the Sacramento Kings, but Przybilla played a season-high 29 minutes and grabbed 11 boards. It's unclear whether Przybilla can sustain that type of playing time, though, as he is still working his way back to 100% after dual knee surgeries last year.

Without Camby, the team's leading veteran voice, emotional leader and key defensive centerpiece, the Blazers will simply look to tread water and keep their heads afloat. The team plays just nine games over the three weeks, so the hit could have been a lot worse.

Some more good news: Camby's return is expected to come before both the All-Star break and the trade deadline. While his name has come up in scattered rumors, it's unlikely that Portland moves him this season, as they need his production if they hope to make a playoff push. However, Camby's presence on the court might make it easier for Portland GM Rich Cho to part with other trade pieces -- perhaps including Przybilla's expiring contract -- prior to the deadline.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 4:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:31 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

The Portland Trail Blazers lost two players for the season on Thursday, and lost to their major rival, the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Thursday night. kevin-durantPosted by Ben Golliver The Portland Trail Blazers know a thing or two about bad days, especially after last season, when they suffered through some shell-shocking 24-hour periods. Greg Oden writhing in pain on the floor, his knee completely out of place. Joel Pryzbilla, injuring his knee on the court and then again at home in his shower a few months later, sitting on the bathroom floor, tears flowing as he realized what he had done. Draft night: firing a popular general manager out of nowhere, trading a popular player and leaving its fanbase in a state of shock. Thursday ranks right up there with any of them, though. In less than 10 hours, the Blazers: 1) lost first-round draft pick Elliot Williams for the season due to a knee injury, 2) lost center Fabricio Oberto to retirement due to a re-occurring heart problem 3) lost guard Rudy Fernandez for an indefinite time period (not expected to be too long) to a minor back injury and 4) lost at home in overtime to their chief rival, the Oklahoma City Thunder, after blowing a 13-point lead on national television. "Thank goodness it's over," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan after the game. "It's shocking some of the things that happened, but you have to move on." Even though the back half of their roster was seemingly melting away before their eyes, the Blazers came out relatively poised against the Thunder, dumping in 64.3% of their first half shots and scoring easily time after time. Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was a major recipient, finishing a number of alley oops at the rim, without a Thunder defender in sight.  Battling back from down double digits, the Thunder tightened up big time in the second half, limiting the Blazers to just 19 fourth-quarter points and, even more remarkably, holding the Blazers scoreless through the first 4:19 of overtime. Oklahoma City all star Kevin Durant switched onto Blazers all star Brandon Roy down the stretch. Roy finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists on the night, but he shot just 6-17 from the field and was 0-4 from the field in the fourth quarter and overtime. One of the misses was a potential game-winner in the final seconds of regulation, with Durant waving at his look. "They definitely keyed on some of the spots that I like to get the ball," Roy said. "So I think because of that we went other places and we just looked a little confused there. We've got to get better down the stretch. We've got to figure that out." Durant, meanwhile, was steely-faced before the game and animated throughout, looking to make up for a 6-24 shooting night in an ugly blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. He did so in a big way Thursday, out-dueling Roy by putting up 28 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots. "We needed that a lot, man," Durant said. "It's kind of like a monkey off of our backs once the buzzer ended. It's a good win for us but we've got to move on." As for the Blazers, the injury monkey remains on their backs, and it only seems to increase in size. Portland played just eight players on Thursday due to all the injuries, and the team plans to bring in five free agent big men for a look, as first reported on CBSSports.com. "We'll be looking at guys," McMillan said after the game. "We certainly are looking at bringing somebody in." Portland needs the interior help if they are to keep pace with the Thunder (and the Jazz, and the Nuggets) for the Northwest Division crown. Make no mistake, that's still the goal for the Blazers, who remain in first place in the Northwest at 4-2, despite a Thursday they won't soon forget. 
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Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm

Elliot Williams injures knee, done for year

Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Elliot Williams is "likely" done for the season after suffering a dislocated patella. Posted by Ben Golliver elliot-williams
It's Déjà vu all over again for the Portland Trail Blazers, as the organization announced today that reserve rookie guard Elliot Williams, the team's first round pick in the 2010 NBA draft, will undergo surgery on a dislocated patella and is "likely" done for the rest of the 2010-2011 regular season.  Last year, the Blazers lost both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla to season-ending knee injuries. From a team release...
The injury occurred Wednesday, Nov. 3, during court conditioning drills at the team's Practice Facility. Williams will be re-evaluated after surgery but will likely miss the rest of the regular season.
Williams is a high-flying combo guard out of Memphis with loads of athletic potential. But he had not yet cracked the rotation in Portland's crowded backcourt, even after the Blazers traded Jerryd Bayless to the New Orleans Hornets.   A more natural fit at the two guard position, all star Brandon Roy and reserves Rudy Fernandez and Wesley Matthews make finding playing time impossible at that spot. With veteran point guard Andre Miller, surprising rookie Armon Johnson and the decision to keep end-of-the-bench point guard Patty Mills clogging up the point guard position too, Williams has been on the team's inactive list for much of the preseason. Williams has had previous issues with his right knee, suffering a bruise during a pre-draft workout with the San Antonio Spurs that led the Blazers to hold him out of the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League for precautionary reasons. While this injury is not disastrous for Portland this season, it's another log on top of the fire for those who believe the franchise is cursed with injuries.
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