Kenneth Faried

No fracture, just sprain for Nuggets’ Faried. He’s out at least two games.


This is good news, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to see Kenneth Faried back on the court soon.

It looked a lot worse, but the MRI did not find broken bones, the Nuggets announced.

Don’t be surprised if he misses a lot more than that — like much of the first round of the playoffs. That looked like a pretty severe sprain.

And Faried will be missed — he averages 11.2 points a game and is the team’s best rebounder, averaging 9.2 a game (he pulls down 18.4 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the court). Denver is a team that beats you with relentless energy and athleticism, and Faried is a big part of that.

The Nuggets are fighting for the three seed in the West, but that playoff spot is tenuous. If Denver can beat Milwaukee on Monday night they secure home court in the first round (where they are 37-3) but they are trying to hold off the Clippers and Grizzlies to get the three seed and likely Houston (maybe Golden State) in the first round. With a banged up roster (no Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson coming off an injury) getting out of the first round could be challenging.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.