When teammates had to help him off the court Saturday night, it looked like it could be much worse.
So the news that Miami starting point guard Mario Chalmers will be out two weeks with a sprained knee, while not good, is not what many feared after he went down. Chalmers had an MRI Sunday that showed a sprain with no structural damage, the Associated Press reports.
Chalmers injured his knee during a non-contact play during the first quarter of the Heat’s win against the Nuggets Saturday. He had to be helped off the court by teammates and did not return to the game.
The Heat have 13 games remainng this season, two weeks would keep Chalmers out for six of them.
Mike Bibby is now the starting point guard for the Heat. They may consider bringing in free agent or D-League guards, because since trading Carlos Arroyo and now with Chalmers out Bibby is the only healthy point guard on the roster. However, there is not a lot of quality players out there to be had.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.