Just 24 hours ago, Ronny Turiaf was dancing on the court after Nicolas Batum was throwin’ it down.
Now, it looks like he will not be able to play for France at EuroBasket.
Turiaf broke his hand at the London Invitational — one of the tune-up tournaments for EuroBasket — and will be out for the Olympic qualifying tournament, according to FIBA.com.
Turiaf got tangled up in a battle for a rebound and, after x-rays were taken at a London hospital, France’s medical staff confirmed the player had sustained a fracture in the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.
The 28-year-old will see a specialist in Paris on Thursday to determine how long the injury will keep him on the sidelines.
Broken hand? He’s not going to be back in a couple weeks for this tournament.
Turiaf was playing pretty significant minutes for France at the five in tune-up games, but they still have a lot of depth on that squad: Tony Parker, Joakim Noah, Boris Diaw, and Nicolas Batum plus some well-seasoned international players. But Turiaf is one of those teammates that players and coaches love because he goes at it hard all the time and can elevate practices, not to mention the quality dancing.
We’d talk about how this would impact the Knicks training camp if we thought there would be a Knicks training camp starting on time.
During the 2014-15 season, Rockets star James Harden said the Warriors “ain’t even that good.”
Golden State went on to reach the last three NBA Finals, twice beating Houston in the playoffs, and win two championships.
The Rockets have since re-tooled around Harden, Chris Paul and several quality role players and are in first place. Houston looks like the biggest threat to the Warriors in the Western Conference.
Rockets center Clint Capela on the Warriors, via Dave Schilling of Bleacher Report:
“I expect to beat them,” Capela says.
That’s a fine sentiment. Saying it publicly is another matter. Not even Harden did that a couple years ago. He was recorded during a pregame team huddle.
There’s a fine line between self-fulfilling confidence and providing bulletin-board material to the opponent. There’s already some animosity between the teams stemming from the Stephen Curry-Harden MVP race in 2015, and it has bubbled since. No matter how harmless Capela’s remark might have been intended to be, it’ll be met contentiously in the Bay Area.
Oklahoma City traded for Victor Oladipo out of Orlando to be their third scorer, behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It didn’t exactly work out that way, Durant bolted town and when Westbrook went off Oladipo was looking for a place to fit in.
That place turned out to be the Pacers.
Oladipo has been playing like an All-Star this season with Indiana, and last week he was key in snapping Cleveland’s 13 game win streak, then turned around and dropped 47 points on Denver. For the week he averaged 35.7 points a game, shot 45.7 percent from three, plus grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game.
That will get you named the PBT Extra Player of the Week.
Paul George – who told the Pacers he’d leave in free agency, prompting them to trade him to the Thunder – expected boos in his return to Indiana.
Pacers fans delivered.
They’ve also booed him every time he has touched the ball, which will certainly persist.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Point guard John Wall was in the Washington Wizards’ lineup Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing nine games with a sore left knee.
Coach Scott Brooks said Wall would play in the mid-20-minute range, perhaps a bit more.
The Wizards (14-13), currently in first place in the Southeast Division, went 4-5 in Wall’s absence.
“He such a force offensively,” Brooks said of Wall. “He’s a two-way player and he’s one of the few guys in the league that can find open 3-point shooters going 100 miles an hour in transition.”
Wall, 27, is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.