NBA News: Injury Update 3/19/14
NBA Injury Updates 3/19: Howard, Hill and More
March 19, 2014
We’re getting ready for a pretty busy night out there in the NBA, so this seems like an opportune time to explore some of the injury situations around the league and see if we can determine what will happen in the near future. We’ve got our usual mix of prognoses today, so let’s get right to it.
Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons: Well, you can count Drummond out for tonight--and maybe beyond. All the way back on Monday, he was ruled out for tonight’s game against Denver, and he’s already been tagged as questionable for Friday against the Suns.
Drummond is fighting off a neck injury, which was sustained on Saturday. Luckily, he appeared to avoid any serious issues, so we shouldn’t expect to see him out for too long. Expect to see more Greg Monroe and Josh Smith tonight.
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Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets: The Rockets don’t play until tomorrow night, so we likely won’t hear anything else on Howard for another day or so. That said, let’s go over what we do know and see what we can expect.
He’s dealing with what’s being called a mild left ankle sprain (and had an MRI yesterday to confirm it), apparently suffered on Sunday against the Heat. He’s participated in at least one shoot-around since then, and reportedly looked just fine. We’d tag him as probable for tomorrow, unless the team wants to be super-careful with him. We’ll likely know more after practice today.
Kyrie Irving, PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers: Let’s delve into Irving’s injury situation and see what it could mean for the Cavs down the stretch. First, the facts: He’s been diagnosed with a left biceps tendon strain, and will be out for a two-week period. At that point, he’ll be reevaluated to see where he’s at. Surgery is still a possibility after that timeframe.
That means Irving will miss at least eight games, or maybe more depending on how long it takes him to get his conditioning back. The best-case scenario seems to be that he’ll come back for seven games or so at the end of the regular season. With the Cavs on the outside of the playoff picture right now, that could be too late.
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, Portland Trail Blazers: Last night, Aldridge had to sit out the Blazers’ game against the Bucks, which was his third missed contest in a row thanks to a back contusion. Even worse for Portland, he’s already considered doubtful for tomorrow’s game against the Wizards.
The next opportunity Aldridge would have to return to the court is Saturday against the Wizards. It seems like he’s questionable even for that matchup, so we’ll just have to wait and see how he heals up this week.
Jordan Hill, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers need some good news on the injury front, and they might be getting it soon with Hill. He’s been all this month thanks to a right knee issue, but he has practiced over the past two days and there exists a possibility that he’ll be able to return to the court this weekend.
We’ll call Hill questionable for Friday and Sunday, as we need to see him back up to speed in practice first.
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