Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:19 am
Edited on: January 31, 2012 7:27 pm

Anthony starts for Knicks, Davis out

Posted by Royce Young

Update 7:26 p.m.: Carmelo Anthony is back in the starting lineup for the Knicks tonight vs. Detroit. Davis is out.


Carmelo Anthony was said to be doubtful Monday for Tuesday's game against Detroit by head coach Mike D'Antoni but is being called a "gametime decision" as of shootaround, via the New York Daily News.

Anthony has missed the Knicks last two games because of wrist and ankle injuries. He tried to return from both injuries last week but sturggled shooting the ball and made the decision to sit until he's healthy.

Obviously the Knicks need Carmelo back as they've been a mess offensively and have limped along this season, dropping to 7-13 with a loss Saturday in Houston. The Knicks have dropped nine of their last 10.

Baron Davis, who was thought to potentially be ready, likely won't be good to go until next week. He didn't have a setback, according to D'Antoni, but the team just wants him to be ready.

Anthony is averaging 23.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for New York.
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:25 pm

Bogut out 8-12 weeks with ankle injury

Bogut will miss most of the rest of the season with an ankle injury. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Andrew Bogut can't catch a break. Bad choice of words. But you know what I mean.

The Bucks announced Friday that Bogut suffered a left ankle fracture that will sideline him for 8-12 weeks. Which is essentially the rest of Milwaukee's season. If he were to return on the optimistic side of that, he's be back in late March.

Bogut was injured in Wednesday night’s win at Houston (January 25) when his left foot landed awkwardly on a Rockets player’s foot after attempting to block a shot in the first period.  In 12 games this season, Bogut averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and a team-high 2.0 blocked shots in 30.0 minutes per contest.

Basically, the Bucks are in big trouble without their big man. Last season, Bogut had to try and overcome a horrific elbow injury that happened late in 2010. As a result, the Bucks weren't anywhere as good as they should've been.

And with the bottom of the East up for grabs, Bogut could've really helped Milwaukee get in position to make a strong playoff run. But now without him, they are going to be on the fringes.

Rookie Jon Leuer will get a lot of time as well as Drew Gooden, but there's no way you can replace a player as skilled defensively and offensively as Bogut. He was just now kind of recovering completely from the elbow thing and now his ankle gets broken. Bogut has been pretty unlucky these past few seasons and by extension, so have the Bucks.
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:19 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 6:12 pm

Dwyane Wade to play Friday versus Knicks

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: After some confusion, Dwyane Wade wil play tonight against the Knicks, reports the Sun Sentinel.


Dwyane Wade will miss his seventh straight game because of a sprained ankle according to ESPN, sitting out the Heat's game at home versus the Knicks Friday.

However, the Palm Beach Post reports that Wade is still a gametime decision. I'll guess we'll officially know at gametime, then.

Wade sprained his ankle during a Jan. 14 game against the Denver Nuggets. Without Wade this season, the Heat are 7-1.

Miami will likely just continue doing what it has done over the past four games, putting the ball in LeBron's hands more while using a committee of James Jones, Mike Miller, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier to fill Wade's time.

Wade, 30, is averaging 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks in 35.1 minutes per game this season.

Miami next game after tonight is the big one Sunday against Chicago, which I'm sure Wade is eager to play in.
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:16 am

Melo out vs. Heat Friday, Rockets Saturday

Carmelo Anthony is out Friday vs. Miami. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni announced Friday that forward Carmelo Anthony would miss both the Knicks' game against the Miami Heat in Miami Friday night and against the Rockets Saturday night. Anthony has been battling left hand and wrist, and right wrist injuries. 

Anthony has played through the injuries in the last few games but commented after the Knicks' loss to the Nuggets last week that the may need to sit a few games to heal. More damage done during the Knicks' loss to the Cavaliers likely sealed the deal. The Knicks' sole bright spot in the last week and a half has been their play vs. the Bobcats, a game in which Anthon was a non-factor, hardly shooting compared to his normal rate. If the Knicks were to somehow get the win over the Heat in Miami, the questions about Anthony's role on the Knicks will reach an even higher temperature.

Anthony said he "tried to be a superhero" and play through the injuries but that he should have rested recently.  

The Knicks will also be without Baron Davis for yet another game. Davis has been out with a bulging disc in his back and trying to get into playing condition. Josh Harrellson is also out for the Knicks, which means their frontcourt is going to be very thin against the Heat. Bill Walker will get the start for New York in place of Anthony.  

Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:03 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 7:59 pm

Allen, Rondo out vs. Magic

By Matt Moore

Rajan Rondo and Ray Allen will miss Thurday night's game against the Orlando Magic, via the Boston Globe. Allen and Rondo have missed several games. Allen is struggling with an ankle, while Rondo has missed several games with a sprained wrist. The Celtics were missing both players earlier this week when the Celtics dismantled the Magic, holding them to just 56 points. 

Avery Bradley and Mickael Pietrus will start for Rondo and Allen respectively. Bradley in particular wreaked havoc on Jameer Nelson in their last matchup, pressuring him full-court and taking him completely out of rhythm.
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:30 am

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

Deng with no regard for Luol's life. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Luol Deng may be a little insane. We may need to check to see if Tom Thibodeau has done something bad to his wiring during practice. Because what Deng's talking about is just beyond crazy. 

Deng's torn ligament in his left wrist is in all likelihood different and more severe than the one Kobe Bryant suffered and is playing through. It's a testament to Bryant's intensity that he's gunning his way through it. And Deng wants to join him on the floor, despite doctor's orders. Form the Chicago Tribune:  
Hardened by past questions about his toughness and buoyed by the Bulls' championship potential, an upbeat Luol Deng will try to play through a torn ligament in his left wrist that sources say doctors suggested he have surgery to repair.

"I know it sounds terrible, but I really think I'll be fine," Deng said.

Deng even is telling teammates he hasn't ruled out playing in Sunday's game against the Heat, though that seems unlikely after coach Tom Thibodeau conceded Deng is "going to be out awhile."
via Chicago Bulls: Luol Deng determined to play - Chicago Tribune.

So the doctors say you really need to get surgery, and you say you'll play Sunday. We may need to stage an intervention for Lue.

The biggest differential is that Deng still has several years left on his career arc. The Lakers' window is closing, and Bryant is desperate to obtain that sixth ring. Deng is searching for his first, but the Bulls' window is propped open for the foreseeable future with Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, and even a few more years of Carlos Boozer. Deng risking permanent damage to his wrist, kind of an important joint, is admirable but also exceptionally risky. If nothing else, the Bulls medical staff should make sure they keep him out as long as will at least get the wrist stabilized a bit more. 

Deng is gritty, tough, relentless, an All-Star caliber player. But the Bulls' need for Deng go far beyond the next four months.  

Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:04 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 7:11 pm

Bucks C Andrew Bogut (ankle) out indefinitely

Bogut sustained another ankle injury Wednesday night. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver

Update (7:05 p.m.): The MIlwaukee Bucks announced on Thursday that starting center Andrew Bogut underwent an MRI on his left ankle, which revealed a fracture that is going to keep him out "indefinitely." The Journal Times reports that "indefinitely" means that Bogut will miss at least two weeks.

Bogut is averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 blocks per game this season. The Bucks are currently 7-10 on the season.

Original Post:

In another in a continuing theme this week, struggling teams who have started to put it together suffering significant injuries to their best player, Milwuakee Bucks center Andrew Bogut suffered yet another injury Wednesday night, and he's afraid how the diagnostic tests could wind up on this one. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
After the game, Bogut sat in front of his locker with a grimace on his face and a large black boot on his left foot.

"It wasn't good," Bogut said. "I knew when I came down I was in some trouble. Keeping optimistic, everything's fine with the X-ray, but that's to be expected. I know I didn't break a bone."

But tomorrow's the day of reckoning where I go under the MRI machine and find out my fate."

The best-case scenario would be a severely sprained ankle, but even that would be likely to sideline Bogut for a week or more.

"I'm not optimistic. With my history of unlucky injuries I'm hoping this one can do me a favor and go away. Most of my injuries are unfortunate things and this goes in the same boat as that. It's frustrating."
via Bogut fears worst with latest injury - JSOnline.

 That sound you hear is Bucks fans lining up at the booze counter to forget their troubles. 

Um, at least it wasn't a horrifying elbow injury that makes you wish you'd never see it ever? (Note: Do not click that link. Not safe for anyone, ever.)

Bogut's comments have to have you concerned. Any basketball player knows what a sprain feels like, they've had severe ones regularly, it's unavoidable. The fact that Bogut's talking about it being worse than that, despite the X-ray being negative, is just not a good sign at all. That implies ligament damage, and Bogut's had enough injuries (for ten men) to know how that feels.

Without him, the Bucks season implodes. They've just recently started winning, with some more efficiency from Brandon Jennings and better overall offense. But Bogut is the glue that holds it together. They can't really justify blowing the roster up, but it will be the fouth year where they don't know how good they would be if healthy. But keeeping it together seems like a waste of opportunity as well. Hopefully Bogut's feelings aren't in line with his injury and it's a minor problem. 

The watch begins.

(HT: SLAMOnline)
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:45 pm

Wade out vs. Pistons

By Matt Moore

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade participated in shootaround, before the Heat's game vs Detroit, and went through some drills, but Erik Spoelstra announced before the game he will not play. It is the sixth consecutive game Wade has missed with the injury. Not that it's hurt much, the Heat are 5-1 without Wade. 

It does appear as if Wade is set to return sometime this week, however, and with the floundering Pistons not posing much of a challenge, it makes sense to sit Wade one more game. 
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