Spencer Hawes gets little bit of good news, no surgery

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Sacramento’s Spencer Hawes is out for the season with another injury to the same knee he had surgery on. He’s probably not going to get a big payday this summer. He’s going to have to fight for his staring job next season.

But at least he doesn’t have to have surgery again.

That’s the news that came out after a visit to the doctor, via the Sacramento Bee.

“I talked to Spencer (on Saturday), and they don’t feel he needs to have surgery,” Kings coach Paul Westphal said. “It’s a rest-and-rehab thing rather than surgery is the way they look at it.”

Hawes visited Dr. Lawrence Holland in Seattle for a second opinion on his knee Friday. Holland performed arthroscopic surgery on Hawes’ left knee in 2007 before his rookie season and a microfracture procedure when he was 14.

Microfracture surgery at 14? Should have added that to the first paragraph list of woes.

Hawes is still out the rest of the season and will rehab all summer. Jason Thompson took advantage of Hawes’ absence last night to score 18 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Did we mention Hawes needs to get healthy so he can compete for his starting job next season?

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.