NBA News: Injury Update 3/3/14
NBA Injury Updates 3/3: Parker, Nelson and More
March 3, 2014
Given tonight’s heavy NBA schedule, it’s a good time to take a look around the league and check in on some of the ever-present injury situations out there. We’ve got our usual crop of noteworthy names who are dealing with various ailments, so let’s check in on some of the latest news and see if we can get an idea of what to be expecting in the near future.
George Hill, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers: Late in the Pacers’ game against the Bucks back on Thursday, Hill injured his left shoulder. He hasn’t played since. He was on the bench for yesterday’s Jazz game, which was his second straight missed contest.
Hill’s injury is being classified as a bruised shoulder, which doesn’t seem all that bad. It’s likely he’s dealing with significant soreness, but we’d probably tag him as day-to-day at the moment. His next chance to come back will be tomorrow at home against the Warriors.
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Celtics Injury Notes: We’ve got a couple of updates on injured Celtics this morning, and one comes on an extremely disappointing note. Gerald Wallace will be having season-ending surgery next week (torn meniscus) and simply did not play well this year. He averaged just 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 58 games.
And then there’s Kelly Olynyk, who has missed out on Boston’s last two games with a toe injury. As of right now, he is in a walking boot for the next five or six days, and won't play until Wednesday at the earliest. Olynyk broke out with a 21-point, eight-rebound performance in his last healthy game.
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: It’s been a while since we’ve seen Parker, but the good news is that he was back in action yesterday against the Mavericks. He hadn’t played since Feb. 10, thanks to what’s been classified as “soreness,” but was able to hit the floor and score 22 with seven assists.
We’ll likely see Coach Pop keep Parker’s minutes in check for the foreseeable future, and he’ll be closely monitored as he gets his conditioning back. The Spurs are in Cleveland tomorrow night.
Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors: Ross was out once again yesterday against Golden State, thanks to a sprained ankle sustained Thursday against the Wizards. He wasn’t able to do much at practice on Saturday, but did get some time in on the stationary bike.
Here’s the good news: Toronto doesn’t play again until Friday. That gives Ross a lot of time to rest his ankle up. It’s too early to tell anything for sure, but it’s looking like he should be able to recover in time for that game.
Jameer Nelson, PG, Orlando Magic: Nelson wasn’t able to take the floor yesterday against Philadelphia, thanks to a sore calf muscle. The details are pretty sketchy on this one, as it’s unclear when he actually sustained the ailment.
That said, we’d consider him questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Rockets. In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on Nelson in practice and see how he’s progressing.
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