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Injury notes: Blake out 3-4 weeks, Camby deals with ankle


On top of Dwyane Wade’s ankle injury, Marcus Camby also suffered a sprained wheel and will probably miss some time. From the Oregonian:

Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby said he is in “a lot of pain” and unable to put weight on his left ankle after it rolled during the second quarter Friday night in San Antonio.

Camby said he will not play Saturday in Houston and is doubtful for Monday’s game in New Orleans after X-rays revealed the injury is a sprain.

via Marcus Camby ‘in a lot of pain’ after ankle sprain; Nicolas Batum likely to move in as starter | OregonLive.com.

It wouldn’t be a Blazers season without a big man going down with an injury. Still, an ankle sprain is a gentle scrape compared with their usual issues on that front. Batum will start in Camby’s stead as the Blazers shift to their smaller lineup with Aldridge at the five and Gerald Wallace at the 4. So more athleticism, more defensive issues.

Meanwhile, the chest injury the Lakers announced for Steve Blake was given an official timeline, as he’ll miss 3-4 weeks. The Lakers are already thin, so losing a reliable shooter like Blake is damaging. He’s paced the offense and provided a veteran hand who can actually score at the point guard spot.


After further evaluation Steve Blake will be out approximately 3-4 weeks due to the costochaondral fracture he suffered against PHX.Sat Jan 14 05:32:59 via TweetDeck

L.A. will most miss Blake against the Clippers this week where he would counter Mo Williams as a bench point guard shooter. Weird rash of chest injuries in the league this year.

Stan Van Gundy rips ‘selfish’ Pistons

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The Pistons had just 19 assists – to 22 turnovers – in their 93-83 loss to the Nets last night.

Stan Van Gundy was none too pleased.

On offensive problems:

I told them in there – that was the first thing – we’re not playing together at all. I thought it was a very selfish performance, and guys wouldn’t just pass the ball to open men. They wanted to see if they could take one more dribble to get their own shot, so the passing angles were gone. I just thought we forced play after play after play. We’re not willing to move the ball

On Reggie Jackson, who scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with six assists and six turnovers, and was coming off Achilles soreness:

He was not good at all. He was forcing everything.

On injuries to point guards – Jackson, Brandon Jennings and Steve Blake – hindering the team’s flow in practice and that carrying over to the game:

We could probably make a lot of excuses for our guys, but we were selfish.

Van Gundy is clearly trying to send a message, and the preseason is the best time to do it.

But it’s somewhat troubling he had to do it after this game.

Eight of the 10 Pistons who played against Brooklyn project to make the regular-season rotation. Joel Anthony played over Aron Baynes, and once healthy, Blake could challenge Spencer Dinwiddie to become back up point guard – at least until Jennings is ready. Otherwise, Detroit – with Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova, Andre Drummond, Jodie Meeks, Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver – looked similar to its opening-night lineup.

Van Gundy is blunt, but he doesn’t tell the media things he hasn’t already directly told his players. They appreciate that.

He’d appreciate them getting this message.

Report: Dwight Howard didn’t have offseason surgery

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Dwight Howard said he played with a torn MCL and meniscus in the Western Conference finals – pretty shocking news that few knew what to make of.

So, um, did he have offseason surgery?

Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

Howard obviously feels great about his health now, so maybe this was the right course.

We’ll never how Howard would have performed if fully healthy, but he averaged 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds in 35.1 minutes per game against the Warriors during the conference finals. How bad could the injuries have been?