NBA News: Injury Update 1/21/14
NBA Injury Updates 1/21: Prigioni, Parker, Williams and More
January 21, 2014
Yesterday was a pretty active day in the NBA, so this morning seems like a good time to visit with a few of the noteworthy injury concerns out there in the league. Let’s take a closer look at a few players who have made news recently and see if we can determine what their immediate futures hold.
Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets: After missing five straight games with ankle issues, Williams was back on the court yesterday for the Nets. He didn’t get the start, however; The team instead opted to stick with a starting lineup they’d been using in his absence.
That said, Williams played well and looked pretty good in his return, notching 13 points, three assists and three rebounds in a 103-80 dismantling of the floundering Knicks. As long as the team is rolling, and while Williams is getting back up to speed, we may see him remain in the bench role for the time being.
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Pablo Prigioni, PG, New York Knicks: On the other side, the Knicks also got Prigioni back from injury--not that it helped all that much. He’d missed 16 consecutive games with a toe injury and hadn’t seen the floor since Dec. 16. Prigioni earned the start, but didn’t make much of an impact with his 0-3 shooting and just two points.
The Knicks will definitely want to get him back to normal again, especially since fellow PG Raymond Felton put up another stinker with a 2-11 shooting performance.
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: Parker has had some significant difficulties with his shin over the past week, culminating in him sitting out against Milwaukee on Sunday. He was a game-time decision in his last outing Friday, but managed to play against Portland. The shin stiffened up on him through the course of the game, however, which contributed to the precautionary decision to let him rest against the lowly Bucks.
The prognosis for Parker looks pretty good: The injury isn’t considered serious and he likely won’t be out long. He’s considered to be probable for tomorrow’s game.
Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic: The bad news continues for Vucevic; As of early yesterday evening, he was ruled out of the Magic’s game against the Nets today. He’s been trying to recover from a concussion, and this will be his ninth missed game due to the injury.
Vucevic has an uphill battle ahead of him: He needs to pass the league’s concussion protocols before being cleared to play. In 28 games so far this year, he’s averaging 13.0 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Jermaine O’Neal, C, Golden State Warriors: We got an update on O’Neal’s status yesterday, and the news is pretty good. He participated in some contact work during one-on-one drills yesterday, and the team anticipates that he may be able to make a return to the court before the All-Star break.
O’Neal has been out since Dec. 9 with a wrist injury, and he had surgery on Dec. 13. If his most recent timeline holds true, we could see him within the next 2-3 weeks.
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