Anthony Morrow Injury: Updates on Thunder Guard’s Knee and Return

The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered another blow during their already rough offseason. With Kevin Durant already out for the first part of the regular season, Anthony Morrow may be joining him.  

According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Morrow suffered a sprained MCL on Thursday:

Mayberry also reported the 29-year-old shooting guard/small forward could miss four to six weeks:

Morrow averaged 8.4 points and shot 45.1 percent from three-point range last season with the New Orleans Pelicans before signing with the Thunder in the offseason.

Signing Morrow provides the much-needed depth that was sorely lacking last season.

Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals illustrated the biggest problem for Oklahoma City last year. Only five different players scored in OKC’s 112-107 loss to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs.

Morrow alone won’t help the Thunder get over the hump, but his three-point shooting will be invaluable to their offense. Opposing defenses won’t be able to sag off of him, which will in turn open the floor for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

To a certain extent, Oklahoma City is in a holding pattern until Durant returns. Westbrook can ensure that the drop-off isn’t too significant, but the real Thunder won’t arrive until head coach Scott Brooks has his full complement of stars.

Now with Morrow out, an already difficult opening few weeks of the 2014-15 campaign became a little more treacherous.

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Can Carmelo Anthony fit into Knicks’ offense?

Phil Jackson gets defensive about his 11-title system. But Carmelo Anthony is different.

      
 

 

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Anthony scores 30 as Knicks beat Wizards (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: DeJuan Blair #45 of the Washington Wizards looks to pass around Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks in a preseason game at Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, including a tiebreaking three-point play with 13.9 seconds left, and the New York Knicks overcame a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 103-100 on Wednesday night. John Wall scored 29 points, hitting 10 of his 16 shots from the field, and Otto Porter Jr. added 22 points in the loss for the Wizards, who wrapped up their preseason schedule. With the Knicks leading 100-97 with 1:22 left on the clock after a 3-point shot by Pablo Prigioni, who scored 11 points, Washington’s Damion James evened it 100-all on a 3-pointer with 33.2 seconds left. He made the free throw to give New York a three-point lead.


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Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Bennett making waves in preseason

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a week away from the first game of the regular season, and one of the players really standing out so far in preseason play is Anthony Bennett. The Timberwolves have played six games so far in the preseason, getting three wins and two losses. Overall, the Timberwolves have a whole have been pretty inconsistent in their play, but Bennett has done well in all the games. So far, Bennett looks like a great addition from the Kevin Love trade.
There were a lot of questions about Bennett after last season, as he had a terrible rookie campaign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many people questioned his effort and talent at times, and some even questioned if he was fit enough to play. However, after going through a tough workout schedule in the off season Bennett appears much fitter, and he also is no longer having the sleeping troubles he had last season, which led to some of his health troubles.
In game, Bennett has been a force, averaging over 10 points and six rebounds in limited minutes

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Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Not Win Scoring Title This Year

All offseason Carmelo Anthony avidly claimed this upcoming NBA season to be the rebirth, calling himself “Me7.0.” The new and improved Carmelo lost a significant amount of weight, over twenty pounds, but who could’ve imaged his desire to shoot the basketball would follow suit. Jokingly speaking! In recent reports Carmelo stated he has doubts the NBA Scoring Title will be at his leisure under the New York Knicks new triangle offense. Carmelo expressed to ESPN reporter Ian Begley:
“I don’t think I’ll be the scoring champ. Especially with this system, the way we’re playing — the way that it’s going to be well-balanced, the style of play we’re going to have, I don’t think I’ll have to lead the league in scoring this year,” “Everybody will be part of the game; everybody will feel like they have something to do with the game. And then … I think we all know that when it’s time for me to go to work, it’s time for me to go to work”.
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Carmelo Anthony Says “He Will Not Win Scroing Title This Year”

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks All off season Carmelo Anthony avidly claimed this upcoming NBA season to be the rebirth, calling himself “Me7.0.” The new and improved Carmelo lost a significant amount of weight, over twenty pounds, but who could’ve imaged his desire to shoot the basketball would follow suit. Jokingly speaking! In recent reports Carmelo stated he has doubts the NBA Scoring Title will be at his leisure under the New York Knicks new triangle offense. Carmelo expressed to ESPN reporter Ian Begley:
“I don’t think I’ll be the scoring champ. Especially with this system, the way we’re playing — the way that it’s going to be well-balanced, the style of play we’re going to have, I don’t think I’ll have to lead the league in scoring this year,” “Everybody will be part of the game; everybody will feel like they have something to do with the game. And then … I think we all know that when it’s time for me to go to work, it’s time for me to go to work”.
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Anthony Davis Injury: Updates on Pelicans Star’s Wrist and Return

The New Orleans Pelicans have a big problem to deal with, literally and figuratively. Star center Anthony Davis left the team’s 88-84 preseason win over the Washington Wizards due to a sprained wrist.

The Pelicans’ Twitter account provided the news:

John Reid of NOLA.com confirmed Davis’ status for the remainder of the night:

The Pelicans have been an ascending franchise for the past two years. They totaled 21 wins in the strike-shortened 2011-12 season, got the No. 1 pick in the draft following that campaign and took Davis. He led the franchise to 27 wins as a rookie and helped boost that number to 34 last season. 

Injuries, unfortunately, are nothing new for Davis. He missed 33 games in his two campaigns with the Pelicans due to an assortment of ailments. All that time out of the lineup has kept the 6’10″ star from reaching the heights his raw talent suggests he can. 

Davis also gave the Pelicans an injury scare in their first preseason game against Miami on Oct. 4. According to Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com, the 21-year-old jammed the index finger on his left hand but was available to return:

It’s scary for the rest of the NBA to think that Davis can get better, because he improved in every category last year. His points per game increased from 13.5 to 20.8, blocks went from 1.8 to 2.8 and rebounds went from 8.2 to 10.0. 

Davis has been going virtually nonstop all year. He went from the NBA season to playing for Team USA during the FIBA World Cup, but he told Nakia Hogan of The Times-Picayune that he wasn’t feeling any fatigue coming into training camp:

I’m 21-years-old. If I’m getting tired right now then we got a problem. I love playing the game of basketball. Being over there (in Spain for the World Cup) kind of kept me in shape. Coach Monty (Williams) was over there and kept me working on my game and what I needed to work on this season.

I think they are going to do a great job of making sure I manage my body well, whether it’s season, preseason or training camp. But as far as right now, I’m ready to go.

There’s a chance the Pelicans can be a sleeper playoff contender in the Western Conference, but health is the big question. They were decimated by injuries to key players, including Davis, last year. If they are without their best player for any length of time, we will be talking about what might have been. 

This also brings up the questions about Davis’ durability. Despite his insistence that there was no fatigue, the Pelicans tried to manage him in the preseason to make sure he was ready to go full-bore at the start of the regular season.

It’s certainly not time to give up on the young stud, but concerns about his ability to stay on the court are legitimate. 

 

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Celtics trade Joel Anthony to Pistons for Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics have traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for guard Will Bynum. The Celtics made the move to reduce their books.  Anthony is set to make $3.8 million this season, while Bynum will earn $2.9 million, saving the team $900,000. Anthony, 32, was acquired by the Celtics from the Miami Heat in January. “We’re getting a physical, experienced player who has a lot of intangibles and a lot of basketball savvy and strength to help our front line,” Pistons general manager Jeff Bower said Friday of Anthony. It’s unclear if the Celtics will keep Bynum. He appeared in 56 games for the Detroit Pistons last season where he averaged 8.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 18.8 minutes per game. The post Celtics trade Joel Anthony to Pistons for Will Bynum appeared first on Sports Glory.

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Anthony, Knicks beat 76ers 84-77 in preseason (Yahoo Sports)

SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 14: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket past Luc Richard Mbah a Moute #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers during a preseason game at the Carrier Dome on October 14, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in a successful return to his college home, and the New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 84-77 in a preseason game on Tuesday night.


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Celtics Notes: Carmelo Anthony, Knicks Roll Past Tired C’s At Mohegan Sun

Brad Stevens isn’t a fan of the Boston Celtics’ preseason schedule. Saturday night was an example of why.
The Celtics had already played three games in five days when their matchup with the New York Knicks tipped of at Mohegan Sun Arena, and it showed. The Knicks jumped ahead midway through the second quarter and did not look back en route to a 96-80 win.
“You learn a lot when you play four games in six days,” head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game. “It’s been, I’d say, more positive than not, but we’ve got a lot of room to improve.”
Ball distribution was an issue for the Celtics, whose team total of 12 assists was well below their preseason average (for contrast, they dished out 29 in Friday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors). Boston’s shooting also came back to earth, as the C’s shot more than 10 percentage points lower (37.5 percent) in the loss than they did in their 20-point blowout of the Knicks three days earlier.
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