It’s a fresh and bright new year, as 2011 is welcomed in. And with the coming of the new year, we celebrate the NBA in true fashion: by telling you the myriad number of people who are out with injuries.
Gerald Wallace left practice Sunday after aggravating a bone bruise in his left ankle.
Andre Iguodala is out with Achilles tendinitis for several weeks.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute suffered a concussion and is day-to-day.
Anderson Varejao broke his face. His face. He’s only going to miss a few games, but the dude broke his face.
Paul Pierce left the game against the Raptors Sunday with a tweaked ankle. He should be fine, since the Celtics don’t really have any injury issues. (Pause.)
Mehmet Okur is waiting on an MRI on his back.
Caron Butler probably has a patellar tendon tear, but we won’t know for sure until Monday.
Al Harrington has a bum thumb.
Seriously, people. Stop getting injured! That’s an order! Or something.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.