NBA News: Injury Update 1/15/14
NBA Injury Updates 1/15: Rondo, Gasol and More
January 15, 2014
Before we get into tonight’s busy 12-game schedule around the NBA, this morning seems like a good time to check in on some of the injury concerns out there. As usual, we’ve got plenty of big-name players who are currently struggling with various ailments, so let’s see if we can determine what’s in store for these players’ futures.
Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics: It’s all just conjecture and speculation at this point, but it’s looking like we’ll be seeing Rondo’s triumphant return to the court very soon. He posted a cryptic tweet late last week (“29,233,380 secs,” which translates to 338 days) pointing to a return on Friday against the Lakers.
Nothing has been confirmed just yet, and we probably won’t know for sure until Friday, but the chances of a Rondo sighting Friday seem very good. The Celtics are on an epic losing streak, and they need him back ASAP.
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Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks: So far, the indications following Nowitzki’s arm injury have been pretty good. He sustained a pair of bruises on his shooting arm (triceps and forearm) during Monday’s win over the Magic, which account for his lousy one-basket second half.
That said, the coaching staff doesn’t expect him to miss any time, so we should see Nowitzki out on the court tonight at home against the Clippers. If he’s still hurting, he may be a little more timid than usual, though.
Danny Green, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs: We got an update on Green’s injury earlier this week, and the news isn’t very good. He’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks after sustaining a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. It was originally diagnosed as a sprain, but further evaluation revealed the break.
In Green’s absence, you can expect to see more Belinelli, Ginobili, De Colo, Mills and Joseph while the Spurs fill the void. Still, the possibility exists that we could see Green a little sooner if he’s a fast healer.
Jeff Green, PF, Boston Celtics: Moving on to another Green, JG is coming off a shoulder injury sustained in Monday’s game against the Rockets. He didn’t come out, playing 28 minutes total, but it looked like something was amiss as he posted just four points on 2-of-10 from the floor.
Green expects to play tonight against the Raptors, but we wouldn’t count on anything until closer to game-time. If that shoulder is still bothering him, we could see another blah performance.
Pau Gasol, PF, Los Angeles Lakers: Gasol was initially questionable and a game-time decision for last night’s game against the Cavaliers, but he managed to play--and play well. As a matter of fact, he posted 20 points and 12 rebounds, so we’d say that toe injury is probably behind him.
Gasol was dealing with a moderate strain in his left big toe, and this performance should put any concerns about his health to rest. He should be just fine going forward.
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