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NBA News: Injury Update 1/1/14

NBA Injury Updates 1/1: Irving, Gasol and More

January 1, 2014

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There are just 10 teams in action around the NBA today, so it seems like a pretty good time to check up on some of the ongoing injury situations out there in the league. So far this year, we’ve seen some very noteworthy players go down with various ailments, and we’re surely not finished by any means. That said, here are a few updates on some of the important names out there.

Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat: This is getting to be a familiar situation for Heat fans. Wade came out of Monday’s game in Denver due to back spasms, and wasn’t able to return to action. This isn’t necessarily a new issue--he had some back issues a couple seasons ago--but is still another entry on a list of ailments (mainly knees) for the veteran guard.
Wade has another day to rest up, but we seriously doubt he’ll be out there tomorrow against the Warriors. The Heat have the luxury of sitting him out as much as possible and will likely focus on making sure he’s right for the playoffs.

NBA News: Injury Update 1/1/14

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Metta World Peace, SF/PF, New York Knicks: World Peace missed out on the Knicks last game, which was Saturday in Toronto, thanks to his ailing knee. We don’t expect to see him on the court anytime in the near future, as he’s scheduled to meet with a doctor on Jan. 6 and will have a blood-spinning procedure performed.
In a related situation, the Knicks waived Chris Smith (J.R.’s brother) and signed the 22-year-old center Jeremy Tyler in an effort to bolster their ailing frontcourt. New York plays in San Antonio tomorrow.

Xavier Henry, SF, Los Angeles Lakers: Let’s take a closer look at Henry’s injury situation. On Monday, he underwent an MRI that showed he had a bone bruise in his right knee. Fortunately, there was no structural damage to the joint, so he should be fine with a little recuperation. He was given a 7-10 day recovery timetable at the time.
That said, Henry will still have to be reevaluated next week to make sure he’s healing properly. If everything goes as planned, he’ll have a shot at rejoining the Lakers during their three-game road trip next week, which runs Jan. 7-10.

Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavs fans will want to hold their breath on Irving today, as we’ll find out his status in the coming hours. He came out of the game last night against the Pacers after suffering an injury to his left knee, but was able to make an appearance late in the loss. He’d finish with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Irving reported feeling a “pop” in his knee when he was injured, and he’ll undergo an MRI today to see what’s going on in there.

Pau Gasol, PF, Los Angeles Lakers: Amid all the trade talks and rumor surrounding Gasol, he still had to hit the court last night against the Bucks. He’d been out for the previous two games due to an upper respiratory infection, and ended up with a team-high 25 points.
It looks like Gasol is good to go again, so he should be fine moving forward. He’s still dealing with bronchitis and sinusitis, however, so he’ll be on antibiotics for a while until he gets things under control.

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