Brandon Rush Injury: Updates on Warriors Guard’s Back and Return

The Golden State Warriors have one of the most talented backcourts in the NBA. On opening day, though, they could have slightly less depth, as Brandon Rush continues to deal with back spasms.

Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears has the details:

The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Rusty Simmons noted the official diagnosis:

Although he hasn’t done much in the last two seasons, the 29-year-old Rush is capable of adding a decent scoring punch as part of the second unit. With Shaun Livingston also doubtful for the season opener, per Spears, the Warriors’ bench is going to be significantly thinner in the backcourt.

Of course, when you have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson that doesn’t really make a huge difference. The Splash Brothers are likely to play as much as they can handle against the Sacramento Kings, while Leandro Barbosa and potentially Andre Iguodala will see more minutes at the 2.

Still, Rush is good for about eight to 10 minutes per game. If Steve Kerr doesn’t want to run his stars too much to begin the year, he’ll be hoping to get Rush and Livingston back soon.

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Durant struggling to deal with injury (Yahoo Sports)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - OCTOBER 14: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Chesapeak Energy Arena on October 14, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder forward Kevin Durant says he has been antsy since finding out he will miss the early part of the season with a broken bone in his right foot.


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Andrea Bargnani Injury: Updates on Knicks Star’s Hamstring and Return

New York Knicks center Andrea Bargnani has missed time in the preseason due to a hamstring injury. Now, his return to the court is uncertain for the season opener against the Chicago Bulls. 

Al Iannazzone of Newsday passed along the latest on Bargnani’s injury:

Ahead of the 2013-14 season, Bargnani was acquired from the Toronto Raptors to help the team offensively. The 7’0″ center tallied just 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest in 42 games for the team.

Knicks’ coach Derek Fisher provided an update prior to the team’s latest preseason game, via Peter Botte of the New York Daily News:

“He hasn’t been able to practice the last few days so it wouldn’t be smart to jeopardize him by putting him into game action tomorrow,” Fisher said.

Despite a disappointing season in 2013-14, Bargnani still adds value to the team’s frontcourt. However, if Bargnani misses more time, veteran Samuel Dalembert will be asked to take a more heightened role after averaging 6.6 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks last season.

 

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WATCH: Paul George takes court for first time since leg injury

Clear signs of a speedy recovery from Indiana Pacers perennial All-Star Paul George. Three months after suffering a harrowing compound fracture this past July, George was recently filmed letting shots up during a Pacers shoot-around Monday night after practice. George seemed overjoyed to rub off the three month rust with a variety of mid-range and three point jumpers. Many are ruling the injury to cost George the entire 2014-15 NBA season, but the anxious George is pushing for a mid-season return. Although he looks to move extremely well this early in the recovery process, Paul George is nowhere near game shape. I repeat, nowhere near! To risk a quick comeback at 80% for a meaningless couple of matchups at the tail end of season could turn into Derrick Rose 2.0! Come back fully restored next season at superstar level to help the Indiana Pacers compete for a strong playoff run, in the race for a Eastern Conference title. The post Paul George Takes The Court For First Time…

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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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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 NBA.com’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 Pistons.com, 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:

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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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