Tag: injuries


Avery Bradley injures shoulder in Game 3 vs. Hawks


Avery Bradley has been a huge contributor for the Celtics this season, filling in for both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen who have missed time with injuries. He’s a dogged defender and can attack the rim with his athleticism. He’s fought a shoulder injury all season, however, and on Friday, re-injured it against the Hawks. From CSN New England:

The 6-foot-2 guard suffered a left shoulder injury in the third quarter of Boston’s Game 2 matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.

After heading back to the trainer’s room, the Celtics initially said that Bradley would return.

However, about five minutes later they said that he was done for the night.

via Bradley injures shoulder, uncertain for Game 4.

Without Bradley, it’ll mean more minutes for Rajon Rondo at point, and Mikael Peitrus at back-up shooting guard. Ray Allen has been coming off the bench. Should Bradley be unavailable, Allen will return to the starting lineup, assuming his ankle is healthy enough after playing long minutes Friday to go in Game 4. Injuries seem to be more and more of a factor not just in this series, but in the playoffs overall.

Sixers 79 Bulls 74: A crushing Bulls collapse as a postseason of misery continues for Chicago

Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

The Bulls had everything going for them. They were the number one seed, they had beaten all the contenders, they had homecourt advantage, the best defense, one of the best coaches, a superstar. And then it all went wrong.

In Game 3, they had a 14-point lead, had everything going for them. They had gotten even better defense than usual, holding the Sixers to a 46.5 third quarter efficiency. The crowd was despondent. And then it all went wrong.

The Sixers had a 149.6 offensive efficiency in the fourth quarter, they attacked and attacked, and attacked, getting to the line time and time again and came back on the Bulls for a 79-74 barnburner win to take a 2-1 lead.

It was just one of those games where the Sixers seized their momentum early, then waned when the game got tough, then pushed ahead when the Bulls ran out of energy. Joakim Noah was injured on a driving layup in the third quarter. He tried to return but couldn’t. It was pretty rough and may wind up affecting him in Game 4.

Spencer Hawes was the hero for Philadelphia (?!) with 21 point and nine rebounds, as Hawes finally got his mid-range shot to fall and the Sixers killed the Bulls’ help defense with the pick and pop. It was a huge adjustment for Philadelpia who needed it badly as Elton Brand, who had played well in the series, went 0-5 for 0 points. Evan Turner continued to play The Villain role against Chicago, as he attacked and was active in the lane. The worst thing you can do against Chicago’s defense is let them con you into shooting jumpshots, and Turner instead went right at the rim over and over and was active on the glass as well. Huge game for the young player.

Throw in more terrible point guard play from Chicago, who seemed to be missing someone (C.J. Watson and John Lucas combined for 12 points on 16 shots), and a strong performance from Jrue Holiday, and some tough defense in their own right, and Philly’s in control. A win in Game 4 puts the Bulls a seemingly impossible position going back to Chicago and you have to wonder when the emotional toll becomes too much for the Bulls, who were reportedly down in the locker room before the game. A Game 4 win in Philly and the Bulls may just not have enough to recover.

Things could have been different. They should have been different. But just like in Game 3, everything fell apart for Chicago, and the Sixers took advantage.

NBA Playoffs: Bulls win game 1 vs. 76ers, but Rose injured

Rose injury

Everything was going perfectly for the Bulls in Game 1 of their series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia was having no luck scoring on the Bulls’ defense, Lou Williams was never able to get anything going, Derrick Rose was approaching a triple-double, and new addition Rip Hamilton had 19 points on 6-7 shooting from the field.

Then it happened. With the Bulls up 12 and 1:09 left in the game, Derrick Rose was driving to the basket, and then he went down. Hard. Rose looked to be in a great deal of pain, and the air was instantly sucked out of the building. Rose eventually limped off with help, and the Bulls held on for an easy 103-91 win, but everyone in Chicago is wondering about the left knee of their young superstar point guard.

If Rose’s injury is serious, there’s still a good chance the team will get through the first round, but it would be almost impossible for any team to make a serious run at a championship with their best player in street clothes. All the right things happened for the Bulls in the 1st 47 minutes of Saturday’s game, but everything about their playoff run is now very much an open question after Rose’s injury.


Dwyane Wade suffers dislocated finger, don’t expect him back until playoffs

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

Last night in the Heat’s loss to the lowly Washington Wizards, in a game where LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out for rest, Dwyane Wade suffered a finger injury. The Heat later confirmed the injury as a dislocated finger, pending tests. The good news is that X-rays revealed no fracture. It’s just dislocated, and he’s day to day. But for Miami chasing the Bulls for the No.1 spot in the East, don’t expect Wade back before the playoffs begin next weekend.

From ESPN Heat Index:



And that’s that. A “not sure” is as good as a “bloody unlikely” in this instance. The Heat’s decision to sit James against the Wizards (Bosh is legitimately injured) indicates what getting homecourt is on their priority list. They’re a thin team and they have to be healthy for the playoffs. With a painful injury like that, it’s just not worth it to risk exacerbating it. Better to rest Wade’s legs and let the dislocation heal before next weekend. The Heat have done what they can do. It’s time to look ahead to the games that really matter.

Phoenix the league’s healthiest team

Steve Nash, Earl Watson

From Basketball Prospectus’ Kevin Pelton:

In analyzing why the Phoenix Suns have exceeded expectations by staying in the playoff race through the season’s final week, the training room is a good place to start. There’s likely to be plenty of room, because the Suns are enjoying one of the healthiest seasons in NBA history. Combined, the entire Phoenix roster has missed just 18 games to injury all year. That’s fewer than 55 different players in the league have missed all by themselves.

During a compact schedule that has tested depth around the league, Alvin Gentry has had the luxury of relying on a full complement of players nearly every night. The impact of the Suns’ terrific health has been crucial to the playoff race. Consider that Phoenix has lost just 521 player minutes (calculated by multiplying minutes per game when healthy by games missed) compared to the league average of 2,245. That’s an average of 28.7 minutes per game the Suns haven’t had to call on deep reserves rather than rotation players.

Suns players have only missed 18 total games this season: Grant Hill has missed 12 games, Steve Nash has missed 4, and Markieff Morris and Jared Dudley have missed a game apiece. That’s fairly incredible in today’s NBA, and as Pelton notes, it probably has a lot to do with the Suns’ well-regarded training staff, who use cutting-edge practices to keep their players on the court.

It’s clear by now that the Suns aren’t just getting lucky with player health — their training staff seems to be a step ahead of most other staffs in the league, and teams having health troubles should look at Phoenix as an example of how they can do better. Click through to the full article to see some very informative graphs, courtesy of Piston Powered’s Dan Feldman, that illustrate how healthy or unhealthy each team in the league has been this season.