NBA News: Injury Update 1/17/14
NBA Injury Updates 1/17: Rondo, Williams and More
January 17, 2014
We’re coming off a pretty quiet evening in the NBA, so this seems like a pretty good time to take another look at some of the current injury situations across the league. As usual, we’ve got a ton of noteworthy players who are dealing with various ailments, so let’s take a look at a few of the recent newsmakers and see if we can figure out what’s in store for these guys. Here’s the latest.
Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics: We’ve been following the Rondo situation in Boston all week, and it seems like we’re nearing a culmination of all that speculation. The Celtics’ own Danny Ainge confirmed all the hearsay and conjecture yesterday, saying that barring any setbacks, Rondo would be on the court for tonight’s game against the Lakers.
With the team sending Jordan Crawford to Golden State this week, the Rondo comeback seemed inevitable. He’ll be on a minutes restriction for the time being, but should adjust quickly.
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Mario Chalmers, PG, Miami Heat: It’s been a while since we’ve seen Chalmers. He’s now missed four games due to lingering soreness in his right Achilles tendon (which has been classified as tendinitis) and hasn’t seen the floor since Jan. 5 against Toronto. He’s considered day-to-day right now.
The Heat are being pretty cautious with Chalmers, which is understandable. He’s been a solid role-player for the team, and they’ve been treating injuries very gingerly, as their main goal is to have everyone available for the playoffs. The Heat are in Philly tonight, and Chalmers should be considered questionable until the team gives an update.
Tyreke Evans, SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans: Last Friday, Evans aggravated his ankle injury and had to come out of the game against the Mavericks. Since then, he hasn’t seen the floor, but hopes are high that he’ll be able to make a return tomorrow at home against the Warriors.
Evans has been dealing with ankle issues all year (this is the fourth time he’s hurt his left one), and has undergone some pretty intense treatments recently in an effort to expedite his healing. We’ll see if it pays off tomorrow.
Danilo Gallinari, SF, Denver Nuggets: It seems like every time we get an update on Gallinari, he’s falling further and further behind in his recovery from a torn ACL he suffered all the way back in April. He now believes there’s a chance he could miss the entire season, according to a report that came out in the middle of the week.
The last good news we got on Gallinari was that he was running--which was all the way back in December. Since then, he’s been working on lifting weights and changing direction, but still has a ways to go--including a very substantial mental hurdle that comes after any major injury.
Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets: It looks like we’ve got a target date for Williams’ return to the floor, and it’s not too far off. He’s scheduled to be making his comeback on Monday against the Knicks, after missing the team’s last five games (and their London trip) with a sprained ankle.
Williams has suffered through ankle issues all season, and has missed a total of 16 games. He’ll get an evaluation on Sunday to see if he’s ready to come back.
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