NBA News: Injury Update 1/9/14
NBA Injury Updates 1/9: Redick, Marion and More
January 9, 2014
Seeing as how there are just two games on the NBA schedule this evening, it seems like a pretty good time to check in on some of the recent injury situations out there. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the ailing players around the league and see if we can determine what we should be expecting in their immediate futures.
Kris Humphries, PF, Boston Celtics: It’s looking like Humphries is over his ankle injury. After a one-game absence, he returned to the court--and made the starting lineup--against the Clippers. He didn’t play particularly well (six points; eight rebounds) but got 32 minutes’ worth of action.
Humphries has seen his role with the Celtics increasing recently, and if he can continue to play well and stay healthy, he’ll be a regular fixture out on the court for Boston this season.
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Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic: We got some new information on Vucevic this morning, and it’s not particularly good for the big man. He’ll be heading home today, following the team’s loss in Portland last night. That means Vucevic will be out at least three more games as the team finishes up on the West Coast. He’s been fighting a concussion sustained in Monday’s game against the Clippers.
Speculation dictates that the earliest possible return date for Vucevic would be January 15 against Chicago. That said, it’s tricky to put any sort of timeline on a concussion, so we’ll consider him out indefinitely right now.
J.J. Redick, SG, Los Angeles Clippers: Moving on to some good news: Redick has a pretty good chance at being able to return to the court tomorrow--at least according to coach Doc Rivers. He’s been out since late November with a torn UCL and fractured hand, and has only been able to participate in 17 games so far.
Redick has been shooting since Saturday, but it’s safe to say that the team is going to be ultra-careful with him as he recovers from his hand issues. He’ll likely be a game-time decision tomorrow.
Beno Udrih, PG, New York Knicks: The Knicks’ injury-ridden backcourt could certainly use some good news, and they might get some today. Udrih’s MRI on his injured knee came back negative, indicating no structural damage to the joint. He hurt it during Tuesday’s win against the Pistons, sidelining him for the second half of that game.
We’ll know more on Udrih’s status for tonight’s key game against the Heat when we get a little closer to tip-off time. The Knicks have been pretty abysmal at home this season, and could use any kind of spark they can get.
Shawn Marion, PF, Dallas Mavericks: We got a minor update on Marion’s status yesterday, and the news isn’t too great. He missed last night’s game against San Antonio thanks to his shoulder contusion, and will also be absent for tomorrow night’s matchup as well. By most indications, the injury isn’t anything to be concerned about, but he’s most certainly out for the short-term.
Marion has a chance at hitting the floor again when the team returns home on Saturday. We’ll likely get another update at that point.
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