It took 74 Bobcats games for Shaun Livingston not to play this season, and that says worlds about how backup point guard Livingston takes care of his body these days.
Livingston would have been the pick for Bobcat most likely to sit out. He missed most of training camp and the preseason, treating swelling in his surgically-repaired left knee. A ghastly fall when he was with the Clippers nearly ended his career when Livingston tore three major ligaments and dislocated his knee cap. The damage was so extensive that a loss of blood flow could have forced an amputation.
Livingston rehabbed for over a year, then spent stints with Miami, Oklahoma City and Washington before signing a three-year contract with the Bobcats at $3.5 million annually. That looked like a big risk initially, when Livingston kept missing preseason games with soreness and swelling.
But he made it through the opener and every game since, until missing Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. And that wasn't about his knee. Livingston bruised his tailbone on a drive to the rim in a collision with Milwaukee forward Drew Gooden.
Livingston has a daily regimen of icing (with a compression machine) and stretching that has kept him healthy for months. When the MRI came back, and his tailbone wasn't cracked, that brought a special smile to Livingston.
It's the first time he can remember receiving positive news in an MRI.
MAGIC 89, BOBCATS 77: Charlotte's four-game winning streak is over and it would have been hard for that to survive in Orlando under most scenarios. But when Dwight Howard is allowed to play 38 minutes without a foul and the Bobcats have just one healthy center in Kwame Brown, result seems somewhat fated.
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