NBA News: Injury Update 1/6/14
NBA Injury Updates 1/6: Chandler, Carter-Williams and More
January 6, 2014
Since there are only three matchups headed our way in the NBA today, it seems like a good time to check in on some of the injury situations around the league and see how everyone’s doing. There’s no shortage of noteworthy names currently dealing with various ailments, so let’s look in on a few and see if we can determine what to expect as we move forward.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: There haven’t been any concrete updates on Carter-Williams’ status just yet, but for now we’ll go over what we know. He suffered a head injury in the Sixers’ game against the Trail Blazers on Saturday, taking an elbow (from a teammate, no less) while attempting to grab a rebound near the end of the game. He was able to walk off the court on his own.
For the record, Carter-Williams said he was okay after the game, and until we see any test results that would indicate otherwise, we’re inclined to believe him.
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Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers fans will be happy about the new info shared on Batum’s condition. He suffered what was initially referred to as a dislocated finger on Saturday against Philly, but after some testing the team announced that he’d broken the digit.
That said, Batum is expected to be able to play through the condition and shouldn’t see much of a drop in production. The injury is to his left middle finger.
Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers: We got some new information on Paul’s injury yesterday, and it’s not particularly good, but there’s a silver lining. After an MRI, he was diagnosed with a Grade 3 separation of the AC joint, which will keep him out of action for up to six weeks.
The good news here is that Paul won’t need surgery to correct the issue. He suffered the injury on Friday, which halted his league-leading run of 11.2 assists per game. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.
Tyson Chandler, C, New York Knicks: Chandler had to come out of last night’s win over the Mavericks due to what looks like an upper respiratory infection. He was only on the court for four minutes. Fortunately for the Knicks, Kenyon Martin was able to take over and help the team get the win.
Chandler will get another day to rest and recuperate, but as of right now his status for tomorrow night’s game against the incoming Pistons is up in the air. If he can’t make it back for that one, his next chance would be Thursday at home against the Heat.
Carlos Boozer, PF, Chicago Bulls: Boozer has been dealing with a sore knee since late last week; It caused him to miss Friday’s practice and Saturday’s game against Atlanta. The good news is that an MRI came back negative, so it shouldn’t take too long to heal.
Saturday was Boozer’s first missed game of the season. The Bulls don’t play until tomorrow, so we won’t know his status for sure until then. That said, we’d imagine his chances of taking the floor are pretty good.
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