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NBA News: Injury Update 3/6/14

NBA Injury Updates 3/6: Plumlee, Ross and More

March 6, 2014

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Given the light schedule of games this evening (three), this morning seems like a good time to take a closer look at some of the ongoing injury situations out there in the NBA. We’ve got our usual crop of noteworthy players with various ailments today, so let’s check out the latest news and see if we can get a better idea of their recovery times.

Miles Plumlee, PF/C, Phoenix Suns: Even though he was expected to play earlier in the day, Plumlee ended up sitting out Tuesday’s loss to the Clippers. He’s been battling a knee injury (soreness) for the past week or so, and it’s assumed that he ran into some trouble during warm-ups. He didn’t practice yesterday.
Plumlee’s minutes and overall contributions have taken a hit since the team began relying on Markieff Morris more and more. We’ll have to wait and see how he responds before tonight’s game against the Thunder.

NBA News: Injury Update 3/6/14

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Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Speaking of the Thunder, let’s head over there and see what’s happening with Sefolosha. The latest news on him isn’t good: He’ll be on crutches for the next two weeks thanks to a calf injury (strain), and isn’t expected to be fully recovered for around 4-6 weeks.
With Sefolosha sidelined, we’ll be seeing more of Caron Butler, Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb. We’ll keep you posted as to his recovery progress.

Jameer Nelson, PG, Orlando Magic: For the past several days, Nelson has been battling an illness. It caused him to miss out on last night’s loss to the Rockets, which was his second consecutive game he’s been absent (and the original reason given was a sore calf). Word is that it’s a sinus infection.
As of right now, Nelson is being considered day-to-day. His next opportunity to hit the floor will come on Saturday in San Antonio, so he’ll get a couple of days to rest.

Jamal Crawford, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers: Things aren’t looking too favorable for Crawford to be playing tonight against the Clippers’ in-city rival Lakers. He’s considered doubtful for that game due to a calf strain that’s caused him to miss the past two contests.
The good news here is that Crawford is nearing the end of his projected recovery timetable--he was expected to miss two or three games, and this will be three. We’d say he’s got a pretty good shot at getting back out there on Saturday at home against Atlanta.

Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors: It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve seen Ross and the Raptors out on the court. He hasn’t played since Feb. 27, thanks to an ankle injury, but with Toronto’s unusually thin schedule right now he’s only missed one game so far.
Ross was able to return to practice with the Raptors yesterday, so that’s a good sign of his potential availability for their next game, which is tomorrow against the incoming Kings. We’d imagine he’ll be able to jump back into his usual starting spot thanks to all the rest he got during the downtime.

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