NBA News: Injury Update 1/24/14
NBA Injury Updates 1/24: Gay, Cousins, Bogut and More
January 24, 2014
Considering last night’s thin NBA Schedule, it’s a good time to take another look at some of the noteworthy injury situations around the league. We’ve seen a lot of fresh information emerging on some of the notable ailing stars out there, so let’s take a closer look at a few players and see if we can determine what’s in store for the near future.
DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Sacramento Kings: The Kings suffered a double injury whammy this week with Rudy Gay (who we’ll get to in a moment) and Cousins going down with separate injuries. Between the two, there seems to be a little more optimism surrounding Cousins, who injured his ankle on Wednesday in Houston.
Initial X-rays were negative, and Cousins was diagnosed with a sprain. We’ve yet to see a concrete timeline here, but we’re probably looking at around a week or two before he’s good to go again. We’ll keep you posted.
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Rudy Gay, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings: This one looks like it could have been bad, but isn’t terrible all things considered. Gay injured his left Achilles early in Wednesday’s game against Houston and wasn’t able to return to the floor. The good news is that he was able to leave the court under his own power; The bad news is that it’s an Achilles injury, which can be pretty tricky as far as rehab. That said, he’s been diagnosed with a strain and will get a reevaluation after 3-5 days in a walking boot.
Gay is really clicking with the Kings, so this is a huge loss for them. While he’s out, expect a larger minutes-load from Derrick Williams.
DeMarre Carroll, SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks: The general feeling surrounding this one seems to be that it’s pretty minor, so we’ll go with that until we hear anything concrete. Carroll left Wednesday’s game against the Magic due to a left hamstring injury and was unable to return. Later in the game, he was seen on the bench with a heat pack on the injured area.
The official word from the team was “hamstring irritation,” which doesn’t sound so bad. Still, the Hawks will want to be extra cautions with Carroll, so we may see him miss a little time while he heals. Otherwise, he’ll suit up for a home game against the Spurs tonight.
Carlos Boozer, PF/C, Chicago Bulls: We didn’t see this one coming. Boozer was held out of Wednesday’s win against the Cavaliers due to a left calf injury. It was something of a surprise to see him sitting, as this was very much a surprise ailment.
Boozer has remained pretty healthy this season, only missing three games. If he’s fortunate, he’ll be able to take the floor against the Clippers tonight. Chicago will certainly need him.
Andrew Bogut, C, Golden State Warriors: The Warriors haven’t played since Monday against the Pacers, so we haven’t heard much of an official explanation regarding Bogut’s status. He injured his knee in that game, but was able to get back out there and put in 31 minutes. That said, he missed out on practice Wednesday, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see him sitting this evening against Minnesota.
Bogut’s ailment is officially listed as a strain, which sounds relatively mild.
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