NBA News: Injury Update 2/20/14
NBA Injury Updates 2/20: Westbrook, Pekovic and More
February 20, 2014
With just three games on the schedule tonight, this morning seems like a good time to check out some of the NBA’s injury concerns out there. Even after time off from the All-Star break, there are a handful of notable players out there still suffering from various ailments. Here’s a look at some of the latest developments on the injury front.
Anderson Varejao, C, Cleveland Cavaliers: Varejao missed out on the Cavaliers’ final two games before the All-Star break, and he hasn’t been able to find his way back to the court since. Yesterday afternoon, he was ruled out for last night’s game against Orlando, thanks to continued trouble with a sore back. He wasn’t able to practice Monday, either.
Varejao hasn’t been out on the court since February 9, but his subsequent MRI was negative. His next opportunity to play will be tomorrow in Toronto.
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Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: Carter-Williams has been ill lately, and it’s not just because his team has lost nine games in a row. He went home sick from yesterday’s practice, which sounds to us like he’s caught some kind of a bug.
The good news is that Carter-Williams has today to rest before tomorrow’s game against Dallas. Whether or not he’ll be well enough to play by then is another story entirely. We’ll keep you posted.
Al Horford, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks: It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Horford, so let’s check in and see how he’s doing. We got something of an update on his status yesterday, when it was announced that he’d completed the recovery phase following his torn pectoral and begun participating in rehab.
We won’t be seeing Horford out there on the floor until next year, but it’s good to hear that he’s started on the long road back to 100 percent health.
Nikola Pekovic, C, Minnesota Timberwolves: It’s beginning to sound like the T-Wolves don’t expect Pekovic back for a while. He’s been sidelined since January 27 thanks to bursitis in his ankle, and sounds like he’ll be out until at least March 5, when the team returns home after a five-game road trip starting Saturday.
Assuming Pekovic is healthy enough to return (whenever that may be), he’ll still have to get some practice time under his belt so he can get his conditioning back up to speed. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: Is tonight the night? It’s certainly looking that way. Westbrook was able to practice in full yesterday, and he’s earned himself a game-time decision designation for this evening’s big-time matchup against the Heat.
If he is indeed able to get back out there on the court, this would be Westbrook’s first game since December 25 against the Knicks. He’s been out following a minor procedure on his knee.
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