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 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, 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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Jimmy Butler Injury: Updates on Bulls Guard’s Thumb and Return

The momentum behind Jimmy Butler‘s tremendous preseason was momentarily halted Sunday night, as he suffered a sprained left thumb against the Charlotte Hornets.

Butler suffered the injury midway through the second quarter after attempting to get his hand in a passing lane. It kept him out for the rest of the game, per the Chicago Bulls’ Twitter feed:

In search of a new contract, the fourth-year wing has looked tremendous in the preseason. He scored 29 against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday and has been dangerously efficient on the offensive end, shooting well over 60 percent.

“Jimmy has grown,” head coach Tom Thibodeau said Thursday night, via’s Steve Aschburner. “He’s more a scorer than to characterize him as a straight shooter. He’s an all-around scorer. He’ll find ways to put the ball in the basket.”

Fortunately, the Bulls have a little more than a week until the regular-season opener, and the injury doesn’t sound too serious. Butler, who logged nearly 40 minutes per game last year, is one of the tougher players in the league and should be ready to go for the games that matter.

If the injury is more severe than it seems, Tony Snell will see an uptick in minutes.

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Pistons Injury Update: Josh Smith tweaks ankle during game against Atlanta, but says he’s fine

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday by the score of 104-100. The win improved the Pistons to 4-2 on the preseason. Six Pistons scored in double figures, lead by Andre Drummond, who has 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Starting small forward Josh Smith injured his ankle in the third quarter and did not return. He finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.  Erik Drost  via Wikimedia CommonsKeith Langlois, who covers the Pistons for, tweeted the following on Smith’s status.It was an ankle for Josh Smith. SVG was told he could go back in, but after he got cold he decided against it. Smith says he’s fine, though.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) October 19, 2014Brian Packey of Detroit Bad Boys also noted that Smith immediately hunched over in pain following his injury at 5:29 left in the third quarter and limped towards the Pistons’ bench.  Smith was walking around in the locker room without a limp following the game….

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Nets Injury Update: Kevin Garnett misses practice, questionable for Sunday’s game

The Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett did not participate in practice on Saturday and is doubtful for Sunday’s game against his former team the Boston Celtics.Kevin GarnettGarnett did not attend practice because of a stomach problem, which is expected to keep him from playing in Sunday’s match against the Celtics.Garnett also missed Friday’s practice because of the same stomach bug, hence it is a recurring issue.Kevin Garnett listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. #Celtics.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) October 18, 2014Kevin Garnett joined the Nets last season in a nine-player, three-draft pick swap between the Nets and the Celtics. Last season, the 38-year-old power forward averaged 6.5 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game, having played 54 times for the Nets. His career average stands at 18.2 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game.The Nets have made a positive start to their 2014/15 pre-season, up 3-0 after the first three games. They defeated the S…

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David West Injury: Updates on Pacers Forward’s Ankle and Return

Between the injury to Paul George and Lance Stephenson signing with the Charlotte Hornets, the Indiana Pacers had one of the worst offseasons of anybody in the NBA. Now comes news of an injury to David West.

The Pacers announced that the power forward sprained his ankle in a 98-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks:

You can see how the injury happened below.

The injury could potentially be huge for Indiana. It’s very possible that the team could go from being the top seed in the Eastern Conference in 2013-14 to missing the playoffs altogether in 2014-15.

West figures to be one of the biggest reasons the Pacers could potentially sneak into the postseason despite all the offseason upheaval. The 34-year-old averaged 14 points and 6.8 rebounds a game last year.

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Glen Davis Injury: Updates on Clippers Forward’s Groin and Recovery

Injury woes have cropped up once again for Los Angeles Clippers big man Glen Davis heading into his team’s preseason contest Friday against the Utah Jazz.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reported Davis was out with a right groin strain:

Davis stayed relatively healthy throughout his career in Boston, but injuries began to take their toll in his tenure with the Magic. He missed 69 games throughout his first two seasons in Orlando. 

After being traded to the Clippers in the middle of last season, he started slow in a new environment and lost his spot in the rotation shortly before turning it around just before the postseason. He averaged just 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in the playoffs.

The Clippers are in decent shape with their frontcourt bench after securing Spencer Hawes and Ekpe Udoh over the offseason, but there’s no replacement for Davis’ motor and tough-nosed defense. Doc Rivers knew what he was bringing in after coaching Davis in Boston, and his dedication to keeping him as a contributor reflects that.

Either way, a lingering injury is the last thing that Davis or the Clippers need with the season fast approaching. Expect both parties to err on the side of caution and not return Davis to action until he’s fully ready.

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Paul Pierce Injury: Updates on Wizards Star’s Knee and Return

Washington Wizards star Paul Pierce briefly exited Friday’s preseason game against the Hornets with a right knee injury.

CSN Washington’s Ben Standig reported the details of the 37-year-old, 10-time All-Star’s condition:

Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reveals Pierce re-entered the game in the second half:

It will be worth monitoring Pierce’s status moving forward, since he is approaching the end of his career. Durability has to be a concern over the course of an 82-game season, even though Pierce has held up rather well throughout his career.

The former Brooklyn Net has added a necessary veteran presence to the Wizards’ young core, headlined by a lottery-pick backcourt featuring John Wall and Bradley Beal. Before the season, Pierce discussed how he’d embrace his role in the locker room.

“I’m a player that’s going to say what I feel,” Pierce said, per The Washington Post‘s Jorge Castillo. “If I’m thinking it and I feel like it’s something that needs to be said, I’ll say it. I’m not going to be a pushover kind of leader.”

Michael Lee of The Washington Post pointed out how Pierce’s long rivalry with Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was another big reason why Pierce is a big asset:

The perimeter trio of Pierce, Wall and Beal has built considerable NBA hype in the nation’s capital. Amid a top-heavy Eastern Conference, Washington is among the chief contenders.

Having a mentor in Pierce to help Wall and Beal take the proverbial next step is critical to the team’s success in 2014-15. But his production on the court and his basketball IQ will be difficult to compensate for while he is on the mend.

The onus falls on Otto Porter Jr. to fill in at the small forward position. Porter had a quiet rookie campaign as the No. 3 overall pick of the 2013 draft, so Pierce is a key mentor to him, too. The better Porter plays in relief, the better it will serve the Wizards as they position themselves for a run in the playoffs.


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Brook Lopez Injury: Updates on Nets Star’s Foot and Return

Brook Lopez and “injury problems” have become synonymous over the last four years, so many won’t be surprised to hear that the Brooklyn Nets big man could be out for a few weeks after suffering a soft tissue injury in his right foot, per ESPN New York’s Ohm Youngmisuk:

The Brooklyn Nets center did not suffer a fracture to the foot, according to sources, which is very encouraging news for the team. But if Lopez needs more than 10 days to recover, the center’s status for the season opener at Boston on Oct. 29 could be in doubt.

Lopez, 26, underwent two procedures on his right foot on Jan. 4 when he had surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal and a first metatarsal osteotomy, in which another bone was repositioned in his foot to unload and protect the injured area.

Dr. Riley Williams III, medical director for the Nets, released a statement on the team’s website:

Brook Lopez experienced right foot soreness after being stepped on during the pre-season game against the Kings Wednesday night. X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries. Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days.

During his first three years in the NBA, Lopez was a pillar of consistency, appearing in all 246 regular-season games during that stretch. Since the 2011-12 season, however, he’s missed a total of 134 games. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that’s more than any other forward or center during the same time frame (via ESPN New York’s Mike Mazzeo):

When healthy, Lopez is one of the most talented offensive centers in the league. For his career, he’s averaging 18.0 points on .511 shooting in addition to 7.3 rebounds a game.

Lopez will be a key figure for the Nets in 2014-15, so he’ll need to get back to 100 percent for the team to have any shot at a top-four seed.

If the 26-year-old is once again slowed by injuries, it will be a long year in Brooklyn.

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Glen Rice Jr. Injury: Updates on Wizards Guard’s Ankle and Return

First Bradley Beal and now Glen Rice Jr. The Washington Wizards can’t catch a break this offseason.

Head coach Randy Wittman revealed on Wednesday night that the second-year guard suffered an ankle injury in a preseason game against Maccabi Haifa and is considered “day-to-day,” per J. Michael of

Ben Standig of reported that Rice walked out of the locker room without the use of crutches but did have a sizable boot on his right leg:

Rice appeared in 11 games for the Wizards last year, averaging 2.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 9.9 minutes a night.

Beal‘s injury likely meant that Rice would take on a larger role on the team, but those plans will be put on hold for the time being.

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Steve Nash Injury: Updates on Lakers Star After Hurting Back Carrying Bags

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash just can’t seem to catch a break at this late stage of his career.

The 40-year-old veteran and two-time NBA MVP injured his back Wednesday while carrying bags. Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reported what Lakers coach Byron Scott had to say on the matter.

“Steve, today, kind of hurt his back,” Scott said. “He had a little bit of a setback, just kind of carrying some bags or something. He [felt] a twinge in his back.”    

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post analyzed Nash’s injury:

The 2014-15 season marks the final year on Nash’s contract, which may very well turn out to be his last in the Association. He’s had an ailing back and other leg injuries since taking his talents to L.A.

Nash and fellow aging superstar Kobe Bryant are going to be counted on heavily for the Lakers this season. If Nash is unable to ultimately play on a consistent basis, the pressure will fall on newcomer Jeremy Lin to fill in at point guard.

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