Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:13 pm

Rose out against the Grizzlies

Posted by Royce Young

Derrick Rose is out for the Bulls Monday game against the Grizzlies with a sprained toe. He missed a game last Wednesday because of the toe, but played in games against Toronto and Boston on Friday and Saturday.

In his place will be John Lucas III and Mike James, who was recently signed from the D-League. Lucas had 25 points and eight rebounds against the Wizards last week filling in for Rose.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:28 am
Edited on: January 16, 2012 12:20 pm

Carmelo Anthony will play vs. Magic despite ankle

By Matt Moore

Update 12:19 p.m.: Ken Berger reports via the Knicks Carmelo Anthony is in the starting lineup vs. the Magic today. 

As reported earlier in our Monday Tipoff Buzz, Carmelo Anthony may or may not play Monday vs. the Magic. Melo told the New York Daily News he will try to play. Turns out he gets paid to do so.  
"It's sore, but if I can go, I will go,'' he said Sunday, between rounds of treatment that included jogging in the pool. "It's time to get going right now.''
via NY Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony will likely try to play Martin Luther King Jr. Day game Monday against Magic   - NY Daily News.

So, to recap. Carmelo Anthony will try to play in a relatively unimportant regular season game in which he is paid to play, but may not due to an ankle injury. If he is out, the Knicks wll in all probability lose, as he is very good at basketball and without him the Knicks are not very good. 

This concludes your Carmelo Anthony day-to-day injury update.
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:48 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 5:54 pm

Rose will play against Celtics

By Matt Moore

From ESPN.com: 
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was still in a walking boot at one point Friday but told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that he would be playing in that night's game against the Boston Celtics as he recovers from a sprained toe.

"He'll warm up tonight and see if he can go," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday morning. "He's feeling a lot better today."

Rose injured his toe in Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. John Lucas III started in Rose's place in a victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday and had 25 points in 48 minutes of play.

"Most guys in the league are hurting in some way, Thibodeau said. "But we're not going to risk further injury to him. If he's at risk we certainly wouldn't play him. But Derrick has always responded well to treatment. He was feeling better [Thursday], and he's feeling a lot better today."
via Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (toe) says he'll play vs. Boston Celtics - ESPN Chicago.

Rose should take his time returning. The Bulls managed to win without him, and considering the toll Rose took in the playoffs last season, the Bulls need him as healthy as humanly possible going into the playoffs. Rose's ankle injury against Indiana in the first round limited his effectiveness, and the wear and tear caught up with him when he was defended by LeBron James, particularly because being guarded by James is like being guarded by a centaur with eight arms. 

Furthermore, the Bulls having to score without Rose could have the same effect as tossing a baby in the water to learn how to swim. No, it's not necessarily best for the child, but the theory is that the Bulls will possibly learn to function on offense if they can't use Rose as a crutch. They certainly need to learn to produce points that don't involve him getting beaten up every drive he takes. 

But this is Rose. He wants to play, he will play, and it's likely he'll be back in action soon.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:17 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 3:22 pm

Reports: Horford out 3-4 months with torn muscle

Posted by Royce Young

The light on the Hawks season just went dim.

According to multiple reports, center Al Horford is out 3-4 months with a torn left pectoral muscle. Which doesn't necessarily mean he's done for the year, but the optimistic side, three months, brings him back mid-April. The playoffs start at the end of April.

Horford was injured Wednesday against the Pacers when he was blocked by Roy Hibbert on a dunk attempt. Horford left the game and did not return.

What this means for the Hawks is that they are not nearly as good as they were a day ago. They've started the season playing relatively solid basketball and a lot of that has to do with the consistentcy Horford gives them. Without him, the Hawks have Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins in reserve. Which translates to big problems for Atlanta.

Not that the Hawks were a real contender, but then again, remember this team went to the Eastern Semifinals last season and played the Bulls pretty tough in six games. Horford isn't the East's best center, but he's certainly one of them. And not having him for most of the regular season is a massive blow.

How do you replace a guy like Horford, who was putting up 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds a game with a PER of 20.0? It might not seem like a bunch, but he balanced the Atlanta offense. He gave Josh Smith the ability to be Josh Smith and provided a pressure release for Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams. He was off to a bit of a slow start this year anyway and was sure to pick it up. He's been a consistent 15-10 the two years prior.

The question is if the Hawks have a mind to try and make a deal to replace Horford or are they set with trying to let Pachulia and Collins handle the load? Or does Larry Drew dare try and get creative, letting Josh Smith drop down to the 5 with Williams playing power forward? There really isn't a good solution here right now. I've said it already, but this really is a massive blow to one of the East's playoff contenders.

The Hawks should still reach the playoffs in the East without him for these three months, but if he's not fully healthy for the postseason, Atlanta's season will end there abruptly.
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:57 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 7:58 pm

Al Horford strains left shoulder, out for Hawks

Posted by Royce Young

Hawks center Al Horford was forced to leave Atlanta's game against Indiana early on after being blocked by Roy Hibbert on a dunk attempt. Horford is said to have strained his left shoulder on the player and will be re-evaulated Thursday.

Without Horford, the Hawks will look to backups Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins. Obviously a major drop-off, but Horford will likely be day to day and if there's no major damage, should return soon.
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:52 pm

T.J. Ford out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

Posted by Royce Young

The Spurs announced Wednesday that backup point guard T.J. Ford has suffered a longitudinal tear of his left hamstring and will miss 4-6 weeks.

The injury happened Tuesday in the first quarter against Milwaukee.

Not coincidentally, the Spurs recalled rookie Cory Joseph from their D-League affiliated, the Austin Toros. The Spurs are thin at point guard behind starter Tony Parker. Ford was off to a good start this season backing up Parker too. It's not a devastating blow, but another for the Spurs to deal with as Manu Ginobili is still out for a while with a broken hand.
Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:13 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 7:47 pm

Rose wearing walking boot, out against Wizards

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: It's confirmed, Rose is out tonight.

The Bulls are banged up at point guard, but it was really no biggie as long as Derrick Rose was fine. Well, he might not be.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Rose is wearing a walking boot on his left foot because of turf toe and is "likely out" against the Wizards Wednesday. Why is Rose in a walking boot? He's dealing with a little turf toe and it worsened last night.

The Bulls signed Mike James out of the D-League today according to ESPN.com, to help fill in for C.J. Watson who has been injured and now presumably to help out with Rose likely being out.

John Lucas will likely start for the Bulls if Rose doesn't play with new guy James backing him up, assuming he joins the team right away.
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:50 pm

Plantar fasciitis for Dwyane Wade?

Posted by Royce Young

Right now, Dwyane Wade's injury is nothing. It's just a sore foot and the Heat are winning just fine without him. LeBron James is playing terrific, Chris Bosh is filling the gaps and the role players are doing their jobs.

But Wade has now missed three games and is questionable for the Heat's Tuesday game against the Warriors. His injury is clearly lingering a bit and Monday after Miami's practice, Wade mentioned a potentially ugly injury situation. Via the Sun Sentinel:
“I don’t know, man, it’s just hurting. It could be three different things. (Plantar fasciitis is) one of them. The bruise is one of ‘em. Maybe it’s a combination. I just know that it’s in the area of the plantar fascia and I know it’s bruised as well. Whatever it is, it’s just taking its course, taking its time to get healthy.”
Any time a player says "it's just hurting," that's not good. Playing in pain isn't something you want to do. Every player has to do it at different times but a healthy Wade is the kind of player Miami wants to win with.

Plantar fasciitis though is the type of nagging injury that can affect an entire season. It's a foot condition that includes constant pain with pressure. It's the type of injury you get from spending too much time hammering on your feet. And the way you rehab it is simply to rest. For a while. Don't rest it long enough and you'll wind right back up where you were.

Without Wade, the Heat have gone 3-0, but obviously that's not a sustainable success model. They need Dwyane Wade. Not necessarily right now, but definitely come May. Right now he's trying to heal and the hope is it's just a bruise. Otherwise, Wade could have a painful season ahead.
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