Things were bad for the Jazz. Deron Williams had been bothered for much of the season with injury, Carlos Boozer tweaked his oblique in the third to last game of the season. They drew an unfavorable matchup with the Denver Nuggets and wound up without the precious home court advantage.
And the hits just keep on coming.
Mehmet Okur, starting center for the Utah Jazz suffered a ruptured Achilles last night in Game One versus the Nuggets. Ross Siler of the Salt Lake City Tribune broke the story via Twitter, and confirmed that GM Kevin O’Connor lists his recovery time as three to six months. He also shared the sad story that Okur had tears in his eyes last night after the game after the injury.
The impact for the Jazz is huge. Okur is a starter, a three point threat and a versatile big for the Jazz. Without him, the Jazz will have to turn to the smaller Paul Millsap and the inexperienced Fessenko. Against Denver’s fleet of explosive bigs (Nene, Kenyon Martin, Birdman), that’s going to be a problem.
It’s personally crushing for Okur, as not only can he not be with his team in the playoffs, but he won’t be able to play in the world championships this summer for the native Turkey.
Injuries are never fair, and so often are the difference in the playoffs.
Cristiano Felicio steals final rebound needed for Dwyane Wade’s triple-double (VIDEO)
Backup point guard Briante Weber has signed a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets. This comes after Weber signed two 10-day contracts with the Golden State Warriors earlier in the season. News of the signing was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
Weber, 24, played his college games at VCU and in his work this season for Golden State was somewhat disappointing. In seven games, Weber put up 1.7 points, 0.7 assists, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.4 steals per-game. His advanced numbers tell a more complete story, where his box plus/minus was -6.1.
Warriors free agent Briante Weber has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources tell @TheVertical.
Charlotte will look to use Weber in a backup role to Kemba Walker. Ramon Sessions had been playing rotation player minutes for the Hornets until early February when he suffered a left knee injury that could keep him out up to six weeks.
Stephen Curry wasn’t just setting up teammates Saturday night, he was helping out a fan.
One of the Warriors in-game entertainment bits is to have basically adult skeeball for cash. One female fan was doing about as well as I do at arcade skeeball when Stephen Curry ran out to give her a little help and win her $5,000.
The Warriors went on to beat the Nets and clinch a playoff slot with the win.
Paul George ejected for arguing calls, Pacers go on to lose to Heat
Paul George already had one technical in the game (from a double technical situation), when he thought he was fouled and should have gotten a call fairly early in the third quarter of a tight Pacers game against the Heat.
George apparently wouldn’t let up barking at the referees, maybe said some magical words, but whatever happened the officials hit him with a second technical. He was tossed. You can see the reaction above.
The Pacers hung close in the game until the Heat went on a 21-4 run to open the fourth and that was the ballgame. If you’re the undisputed leader of your team — as George is — you just can’t get tossed for things like this.