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.
Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.
That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.
The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.
That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.
But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.
We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.
Take that Stephen Curry.
Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.
If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.
Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.
Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.
We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.