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NBA News: Injury Update 2/3/14

NBA Injury Updates 2/3: Cousins, Gasol and More

February 3, 2014

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Considering yesterday’s light NBA schedule (one game), this morning seems like a good opportunity to visit with some of the injury situations around the league. We’ve rounded up a few of the usual suspects today, so let’s take a closer look at the latest news and see what we should be expecting in the immediate futures of these stars.

Michael Carter Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: Carter-Williams ended up sitting out Saturday’s game against Detroit due to his shoulder injury, which is pretty much what everyone expected. He’s officially ruled as day-to-day, and the team didn’t bother to give him an MRI, indicating that he won’t be out for too long.
We’ll give him a questionable tag for tonight in Brooklyn, but we wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever to see him sit again. Philly is usually pretty cautious with injuries, and they might wait until they get home to put Carter-Williams back in again.

NBA News: Injury Update 2/3/14

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Pau Gasol, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers: This past weekend we learned Gasol’s fate: An MRI revealed that he’ll be sidelined for a week or so due to his strained right groin. That’ll probably knock the big guy out of service for the entirety of the Lakers’ upcoming three-game road trip stretching Feb. 4 through 7.
It’s an unfortunate situation for the Lakers, sure, but after some rest Gasol should be pretty close to healthy status. He’s also been battling a foot issue, so this shutdown should help clear that up as well.

Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets: Here’s the deal with Blatche: He was able to play just 16 minutes last Friday against the Thunder due to a bruised left hip that knocked him out of the game. Consequently, he was sidelined for Saturday’s one-point loss to the Pacers, and could have made a real difference had he been in there.
Blatche traveled with the team to Indy, which is a good sign. The Nets are back at home tonight against the Sixers but we won’t know much more about his status until closer to game-time. Consider him around coin-flip odds.

Mike Conley, PG, Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies are going to have to adjust to life without Conley, at least in the short-term. He’s been ruled out for at least a week due to a Grade 2 sprain to his right ankle, suffered last Friday against Minnesota.
Conley will get another evaluation sometime around the weekend, and then we’ll see where he’s at from there. In the meantime, expect to see a whole lot of Nick Calathes, who got the start Saturday (and played pretty well).

DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Sacramento Kings: We’ve got some news on Cousins this morning--well, not really. The news is that there is no news; He’s been hurt since Jan. 22 (ankle) and hasn’t been able to hit the floor since. As a result, the Kings have lost their last seven games in a row.
Cousins reportedly suffered a setback last week while trying to rush back from the injury. That said, the swelling has gone down and he’s been trying to get over the pain hurdle. There’s still a chance he could hit the floor against the Bulls tonight, but we’re not overly optimistic.

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