NBA News: Injury Update 2/27/14
NBA Injury Updates 2/27: LeBron, Sullinger and More
February 27, 2014
With the relatively quiet round of games in the NBA tonight, this morning seems like a good time to take a closer look at some of the prevalent injuries out there. We’ve got our usual share of top-tier names fighting various ailments, so let’s take a peek at their prognoses and see what we can figure out about their immediate futures. Here’s the latest.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: We can’t do an injury report today and leave out James, whose nose has been the hottest topic of NBA conversation over the past week. He’s missed one game due to the broken nose he suffered against the Thunder last week, but the good news for Heat fans is that he was a full participant in yesterday’s practice and is expected to play tonight against the Knicks.
James will be wearing a protective mask for the next couple of weeks while his nose heals. It’ll likely take some getting used to, but we don’t think it will affect his production much. He’s officially listed as a game-time decision for tonight, but that seems to be just a formality.
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Cavaliers on the Mend: There’s good news out there for a pair of injured Cavaliers. Both Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters have started doing on-court work and appear to be closing in on their respective returns to the floor. Counting last night against Oklahoma City, Varejao has missed eight games with a back injury, and Waiters has been out six with a knee issue.
There’s still no concrete timetable in place for either player, but it shouldn’t be too much longer. The Cavs’ next game is at home against Utah tonight.
Jimmy Butler, SG, Chicago Bulls: Butler looks like he’s back to form. He missed out on two games due to a rib injury, but was able to return to the floor in last night’s tilt against the Warriors.
Butler played well, too, logging 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, three blocks and a pair of steals in the Bulls’ victory. He should be fine from here on out.
Goran Dragic, PG, Phoenix Suns: After being listed as questionable for last night’s game against the Jazz, Dragic wasn’t able to play thanks to his injured ankle. He’s been hurt since Tuesday’s game, and the quick turnaround didn’t really give him much time to recover sufficiently.
As of right now, there’s no reason to believe the injury is serious; It’s being described as a “tweak.” Dragic has today off to rest up before the Suns’ next game tomorrow against the Pelicans.
Jared Sullinger, PF/C, Boston Celtics: Sullinger was unable to take the floor last night, either, thanks to the lingering effects of his concussion. He was diagnosed on Saturday and has now missed three straight games due to his head injury.
Sullinger’s status for the Celtics’ next game on Saturday is still up in the air, but we’re not too optimistic just yet. He’s still got to pass the league’s protocols and start his conditioning with some stationary bike work before he can get back out there.
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