If it weren’t for that whole “missing last season” thing, we’d have put a red cape on the back of Blake Griffin and be constructing a myth of invincibility around the man right now. I mean, we’ve seen him fly, so we can assume bullets bounce right off him, right?
Dallas’ Brendan Haywood put that to the test last night when he prevented another Griffin highlight dunk by gabbing Griffin’s arm and throwing him to the ground. Flagrant foul style.
Griffin came out of the game for a while, got a sleeve over his injured elbow and came back in.
The good news is post-game X-rays showed no damage (via Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times). It’s officially a left-elbow contusion. Just a bruise. Like you get when you bang your shin on the coffee table, except Griffin has to be flung to the floor to suffer such human maladies.
Griffin likely will play Wednesday night in Houston.
This is all good for Haywood, too. If he had kept Griffin out of the All-Star weekend Dunk Contest, he would have become public enemy No. 1 around the league.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.