NBA News: Injury Update 1/31/14
NBA Injury Updates 1/31: Davis, Ginobili and More
January 31, 2014
Considering last night’s pretty light NBA schedule, this morning is a good time to check in on some of the notable injury situations across the league. We’ve got our usual stack of key players suffering from various ailments out there, so let’s take a closer look at a few and see if we can determine what’s on tap for their near futures.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings: We’ve been monitoring Cousins’ status over the past week or so, and honestly this whole injury situation has gone on a lot longer than we thought it would. The big man missed his fourth consecutive game on Wednesday against the Grizzlies, thanks to a sprained ankle sustained on January 22 against Houston.
The good news is that the team doesn’t expect him to be out much longer, so it seems he’s getting close to healthy. If Cousins isn’t able to hit the floor tonight against Dallas, look for a probable return tomorrow against San Antonio.
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Manu Ginobili, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs: Speaking of San Antonio, let’s head down there and check out their current injury situation--specifically Ginobili. On Wednesday, an MRI of his hamstring confirmed a strain, and as a result he’s been ruled out for the next 3-4 weeks. It’s a crushing blow to the Spurs, who initially expected him to miss a relatively short amount of time.
In Ginobili’s absence, expect to see more of Boris Diaw, Marco Belinelli, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph. They play at home tomorrow against the Kings, then hit the road for a lengthy trip.
Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans: Speaking of injuries that have persisted longer than they were supposed to, we have Davis. He dislocated his left index finger on Tuesday in Cleveland, and though he said he’d be able to play Wednesday against the Timberwolves, he ended up sitting out.
We’re guessing Davis was held out of the Wednesday game as a precaution, and would expect his chances of playing tomorrow against the Bulls to be pretty high. The team is off the road now and entering a four-game home-stand.
Ty Lawson, PG, Denver Nuggets: There’s not a lot of concrete information out there about Lawson’s status. Here’s what we do know: He was unable to practice on Tuesday with a strained left rotator cuff and ended up sitting for Wednesday’s action against Charlotte. He’s day-to-day and somewhere in the questionable range for today’s home game against the Raptors. He’ll be a game-time decision.
As long as Lawson is out, Nate Robinson, Randy Foye and Evan Fournier will get some extra minutes.
James Harden, SG/SF, Houston Rockets: Here’s another injury we don’t know as much about in specifics, but will clear itself up within the next day or so. Harden has sat out two consecutive games with a thumb injury on his shooting hand after attempting to play through the issue this past weekend.
As far as we can tell, Harden’s ailment is more of a soreness/discomfort issue compounded by the fact that it’s his shooting hand. If he makes some significant improvement, he could play tomorrow against the Cavs, but for now he’s highly questionable.
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