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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: March 22, 2011 10:14 am
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

Rudy Gay will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Rudy Gay has been on the shelf for a while with a shoulder injury. First he was expected back in two weeks. Then it was taking longer than expected, and it turned into a month. Now, his season is over. 

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that after a second opinion was sought for Gay in Alabama from a shoulder expert, Gay has told the paper that his season is over, as he'll need surgery.

Have I mentioned that the Grizzlies gave Gay a five-year, $84 million contract this summer? Have I mentioned that the Grizzlies are looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since the departure of Pau Gasol? Have I mentioned they're still chasing their first playoff win for Memphis? Have I mentioned the team is finally in a place to have consistent efforts and contributions from multiple positions on the floor, from the bench, and on both sides of the ball? 

This news is the kind of momentum killer that ends seasons.  It'll be up to players like Tony Allen, Shane Battier, Zach Randolph, and new leader Mike Conley to keep the ship right, in the face of an extremely difficult schedule, a rising Rockets team only two games back, and missing their best player. Zach Randolph may be their biggest star and their most important player, but Rudy Gay was capable of attacking from ther perimeter with jumpshots and attacking the basket, snatching rebounds, starting the break, creating steals, distributing, and rising for cltuch shots. Without him, they are a dangerous team with a good defense, veteran leadership, an All-Star caliber forward, and good chemistry. But without him they also lack the kind of star needed to make pushes in the playoffs. Their odds were not good in a likely matchup with San Antonio. 

Barring one of the most shocking runs in the history of the NBA, the Grizzlies have had a firm cap put on their season, once again. Them's the breaks. 
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Bogut to have elbow surgery after season's finish

Andrew Bogut plans arthroscopic surgery on elbow at season's end. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Andrew Bogut missed the Bucks' playoff run last season and the beginning of this season after a fairly terrible elbow injury. But he hasn't been the same, as his points per game are down five points and his shooting perentage is down 4 percentage points. He's been open about not being anywhere near 100% healthy, and eventually that has to be his priority. 

As a result, Bogut told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he's planning on elbow surgery after the season is finished to clean up the scar tissue in that elbow. It's just arthroscopic surgery, but it'll still mean an impact on his offseason training. 
"I want to have it straight away just to get a head start on the rehab and get back in the gym," Bogut said. "I want to shoot the basketball a lot this summer. The more time I can get out on the floor working on my shot, the better."

There's no telling on how long it will take Bogut to get back to full strength, but it's yet another in a very long line of injury issues that seem to keep Bogut from being the franchise center he's shown so many flashes of being. 

The Bucks are two and a half games back of the 8th playoff spot in the East. 
Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Haslem has surgery, things look dire for Heat

Heat forward to undergo surgery, out "several months" as Heat begin to explore replacment options in frontcourt.
Posted by Matt Moore



When the 2010-2011 Miami Heat were formed from the fires of overhyped free agency, there was one core condition to the fragile thin roster they put together around the three mega-contracts. Everyone had to stay healthy.

Hey, Riley! You got a Plan B, there, champ?

Ken Berger confirms a Miami Sun-Sentinel report that Udonis Haslem will have surgery to repair his injured foot, leaving him out for "several months" which puts the Heat in a desperate situation down low. Haslem was the team's leading rebounder to this point, as well as the toughest low-post defender they had, and a competent finisher off offensive rebounds and the baseline jumper drop-off. Without him, the Heat are left with Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilguaskas, and (gulp) Juwan Howard as legitimate frontcourt minute-takers behind Chris Bosh. Those names aren't atrocious next to Haslem, but without him, the team is different. Different in makeup, different in lineup flexibility, different in skillset, and different attitude. Everything changes with Haslem out.

And with Haslem joining Mike Miller on the shelf, the next month and a half is going to be very rough for Miami, who already was struggling in trying to figure out how to play together to underwhelming results.

KB reports that the Heat will turn their attention towards Erik Dampier, who they previously said "Thanks, but no thanks" to. Dampier makes a ton of sense for this team, in need of a true center that can rebound, play defense, and not get in the way, but with injury issues of his own, you have to wonder if he's only a temporary solution until he goes down again as well. Meanwhile, Dexter Pittman continues to rot on the bench for no discernible reason behind Jamal Magloire and other members of the AARP.

The Heat will have to waive a player to make room for Dampier as their roster sits at 15, and Pittman is the most likely choice, even though he's a raw player that can bring youth, energy and a bullish attitude along with all that fat off the bench. Magloire may be in better shape but isn't physically capable at this point. But Erik Spoelstra's conservative, cautious ways mean that Pittman is the most likely last man out if the Heat elect to sign Dampier.

(HT: Miami Sun-Sentinel )

 
 
 
 
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