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.
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.
The time off during the All-Star break did Dwyane Wade some good.
The Bulls guard turned back the clock on Friday night, leading the Bulls with 23 points and topping it off with this dunk that proved to be the dagger, sealing a Chicago win. The Suns were convinced Wade was going to run the shot clock way down before making his move and they lollygagged into position — so he just blew past everyone for the poster slam.
The Bulls won 128-121. Devin Booker led the Suns with 27.
Atlanta’s DeMarre Carroll picked up a deserved flagrant for this foul.
With a couple of minutes left to go in the second quarter, Isaiah Thomas made the steal when DeMar DeRozan lost the ball on a drive, and Thomas was off to the races. Trying to prevent a lay-up, Carroll decided to foul Thomas far from the basket, but did so with a forearm shove that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground.
Thomas got up and had words, as did Jae Crowder.
Carroll got a flagrant and a technical, Thomas and Crowder each picked up technicals for jumping in.
When Stephen Curry wore a headband through the All-Star Game last weekend, West coach Steve Kerr jokingly called him “Seth” all night.
Dallas’ Seth Curry came out of the week-long break playing like an All-Star. He dropped 31 on the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night, a career high for him. He hit 13-of-17 from the field, including three from beyond the arc, but did a lot of his damage in the midrange.
It wasn’t enough, the Timberwolves got a comfortable 97-84 win behind 27 points from Andrew Wiggins and 26 from Karl-Anthony Towns. Nerlens Noel was not yet with his new team in time to play for the Mavs in this game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points despite foul trouble and the San Antonio Spurs shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night for their third straight win.
Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence because of a fractured finger. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 12 rebounds.
Blake Griffin scored 29 points for the Clippers, who have dropped consecutive games to the league’s two winningest teams since the All-Star break ended. They lost by 10 points at Golden State a night earlier. The Spurs have the league’s second-best record at 44-13.
Chris Paul added 17 points in his return after missing five weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb.