Chandler Parsons Injury: Updates on Mavericks Forward’s Back and Return

When the 17-7 Dallas Mavericks take on the first-place Golden State Warriors Saturday in a pivotal Western Conference matchup, they will do so without forward Chandler Parsons.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, the 26-year-old star has officially been ruled out:

Per Mark Followill of Fox Sports, Parsons is dealing with a back injury:

The former University of Florida standout has been a key player during his first season with the Mavs. He is third on the team with over 16 points per game, and he is averaging over five rebounds and two assists per contest as well.

Without a fantastic athlete like Parsons to contend with, the Warriors have a golden opportunity to improve to 20-2 on the year.

 

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Derrick Favors Injury: Updates on Jazz Forward’s Ankle and Return

The Utah Jazz’s problems scoring and defending are going to become an even bigger issue with the absence of star forward Derrick Favors

According to the Jazz’s official Twitter account, Favors suffered an ankle injury against Miami and has been ruled out for the rest of the game:

Favors currently leads the Jazz in rebounds (8.5) and blocks (1,5) per game, while ranking second behind Gordon Hayward in scoring (16.2). The fourth-year star out of Georgia Tech is off to the best start of his pro career. 

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Doug McDermott Injury: Updates on Bulls Forward’s Knee Surgery and Recovery

Doug McDermott‘s rookie campaign suffered a major setback on Friday.

Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com reported that the Chicago Bulls small forward will have an “arthroscopic procedure” on his right knee, with no timetable set for his potential return:

The Bulls later confirmed the news.

Much is expected of McDermott this year after Chicago traded both of its 2014 first-round picks to the Denver Nuggets for the former Creighton star. He’s supposed to be the three-point shooter who adds range to the Bulls offense and takes some pressure off of Derrick Rose.

However, McDermott’s failed for the most part to crack head coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation, averaging 3.2 points in 11.6 minutes a night. In terms of player efficiency rating, only Cameron Bairstow ranks lower than McDermott, according to Basketball-Reference.

This injury only compounds what’s been a frustrating season for the 22-year-old.

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Mike Miller Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Forward’s Concussion and Return

Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Mike Miller has been placed in the NBA‘s concussion protocol program, the team announced on Thursday night. 

The 34-year-old wing took a shot to the head in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks, and according to the team’s statement, he will remain in New York for further testing. 

Averaging just 12.2 minutes per game and shooting a career-low 26.3 percent from deep, Miller has struggled to make an impact this season. For as long as he remains sidelined, Shawn Marion, Dion Waiters and Joe Harris will soak up a few extra minutes. 

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V.J. Beachem Injury: Updates on Notre Dame Forward’s Foot and Return

Notre Dame forward V.J. Beachem is expected to miss at least a month after suffering a plantar fascia injury during Tuesday’s practice, the Irish announced prior to Wednesday night’s game against Michigan State.

Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune noted coach Mike Brey is expected to give more information on the injury following the Irish’s clash with the 19th-ranked Spartans. 

Beachem, a sophomore, has been the first person off the bench all season and has emerged as an excellent spot-up shooter. The 6’8″ forward is averaging 8.4 points and 1.4 rebounds per game while shooting 57.1 percent, including a remarkable 55.6 percent effort from beyond the arc. 

Fellow backups Martinas Geben, Bonzie Colson and Austin Burgett may see more extended minutes while Beachem is sidelined. The Irish are one of the nation’s best scoring outfits and have four other shooters (Jerian Grant, Pat Connaughton, Demetrius Jackson and Steve Vasturia) who can stretch the floor beyond the arc. Their presence will help mitigate Beachem‘s absence, but it’ll no doubt make the Notre Dame bench a little thinner when those guys aren’t making shots.

The Irish do not have a game against a Top 25 opponent after Wednesday until their trip to North Carolina on Jan. 5. They’ll keep their hopes up Beachem is back in the fold by then. 

 

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Derrick Favors Illness: Updates on Jazz Forward’s Status and Return

Derrick Favors‘ battle with the flu will keep him sidelined for at least one game.

According to the Utah Jazz’s official Twitter feed, the 23-year-old, who was sent home from shootaround, will miss Monday night’s contest against the Denver Nuggets:

Favors has looked ready to take the next step forward in his progression this season, averaging 15.9 points on 56.3 percent shooting to go with 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest. Among players who have logged at least 300 minutes, he is 15th in the NBA with a 22.5 player efficiency rating (PER).

BBallBreakdown.com’s Ben Dowsett recently noted the importance of an improving jumper for Favors:

Fortunately, he isn’t likely to miss more than just this game due to the flu. As long as he’s sidelined, though, Trevor Booker and intriguing young center Rudy Gobert will see an uptick in minutes.

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John Henson Injury: Updates on Bucks Forward’s Foot and Return

Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson exited Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons in the first half with a foot injury.

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Henson’s status:

Henson is a talented shot-blocker and has tremendous length, but in the midst of his third NBA season, the former North Carolina college star hasn’t lived up to his billing as a first-round draft pick.

The 23-year-old hasn’t consistently cracked the starting lineup. He could stand to add bulk to his frame to be a more imposing force in the paint.

The Bucks should manage fine without Henson for the time being. Their big man rotation features adequate depth with Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova.

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Chris Andersen Injury: Updates on Heat Forward’s Ankle and Return

Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen suffered a sprained ankle against the Charlotte Hornets Sunday night and will miss the remainder of the game.    

The Heat’s official Twitter account passed along the news on the forward:

Andersen, 36, registered 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game prior to Sunday’s matchup. If he is forced to miss any time, the Heat would be without a key reserve after already having key players out.

Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com and Christy Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel passed along their thoughts:

Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole missed the game with injuries of their own, via Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Not having Andersen on the court would further deplete the already thin lineup against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.  

 

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Terrence Jones Injury: Updates on Rockets Forward’s Leg and Return

Terrence Jones‘ time on the sidelines doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale admitted that he has no idea when the 22-year-old power forward will return from injury:

Jones hasn’t played since a Nov. 3 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s appeared in four games this season, averaging 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest. Donatas Motiejunas has been tasked with starting in Jones’ stead.     

The Rockets haven’t labored much with Jones out of the lineup, going 5-1 in their last six games. As long as James Harden and Dwight Howard are healthy, the team won’t suffer a major drop.

One of Houston’s biggest issues, however, is depth, at least when compared with other NBA title contenders. Losing a player like Jones forces McHale to dig deeper into his somewhat thin bench.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury: Updates on Hornets Forward’s Foot and Return

Beating the Dallas Mavericks is hard enough as it is. The Charlotte Hornets will try to take down the Mavs on Monday without one of their best players.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be absent with a stress reaction in his right foot:

Through six games, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists a night. His shooting has improved by leaps and bounds so far, with his percentage up nearly 150 points to 62.5.

Charlotte’s had a somewhat disappointing start to the season, and that’s unlikely to change as long as Kidd-Gilchrist is absent.

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