Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:02 pm

Stoudemire doubtful Monday against Toronto

Posted by Royce Young

Amar'e Stoudemire missed the Knicks game Sunday against the Kings because of a sprained ankle. And Stoudemire probably won't play tonight against the Raptors either.

Via the NY Post, coach Mike D'Antoni said Stoudemire is "more on the doubtful side" for tonight.

Rookie Josh Harrellson started in place of Stoudemire Sunday against Sacramento playing 38 minutes and will likely fill that role against tonight if Stoudemire can't go.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:02 pm

Paul Pierce to return Friday?

By Matt Moore

Paul Pierce has missed the Celtics first three games, all losses, with a bruised heel. But he could be headed back for Boston's season opener Friday night. 

Pierce tweeted on Thursday: "I'm close very very close very."

If we examine Pierce's statement on the Very Scale, we see that he is very close. The Celtics have listed him as day-to-day Friday and he'll likely be a game-time decision. 

The Celtics badly need Pierce back, not just for scoring, but as an offensive creator outside of Rondo. The Celtics were down by 20-plus to Miami before a late rally fell short, then were obliterated the following neight in New Orleans against a Hornets team without Eric Gordon. The Celtics can survive an early slump, but not an abject disaster.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com says that Pierce coming back will be when we can really evaluate whether the Celtics are in trouble or not. 
You can't fully evaluate the Celtics until they get Paul Pierce back. Even then, it's going to be a bit of a horror show at times for Boston, with old bodies stressed by the schedule and not enough depth to cover it up. In a shortened season, three- and four-game losing streaks certainly are magnified. But as long as Boston's core remains healthy and gets them through the season, they'll be there at the end.
via Friday 5 with KB: (Too) Early returns - CBSSports.com.

The Pistons are winless this season. 
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:34 pm

Gordon doubtful Friday against Phoenix

Posted by Royce Young

Eric Gordon sat out Wednesday's game against Boston because of a bruised right knee, which didn't matter as the Hornets spanked Boston.

But New Orleans might need to plan on not having Gordon again as coach Monty Williams said he doesn't anticipate having his shooting guard Friday against Phoenix either, via the Times-Picayune.

Gordon has played in just one game for his new team after being dealt from the Clippers in the Chris Paul trade. That one game though? He just hit a game-winner against Phoenix. So you can be sure the Suns are probably pretty stoked they don't have to see him again.

Marco Belinelli started in his place Wednesday and if Gordon can't go, will likely get that spot again Friday.
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:50 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 2:35 pm

Mike Conley injures ankle, to miss time

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Via the Commercial-Appeal, Conley will indeed miss some time, likely the next two games.

On the very first possession of the game against Oklahoma City, Mike Conley rolled his ankle and had to be helped off the floor. It looked like a pretty nasty roll and as a result, did not return to the game and could be questionable for the Grizzlies the next few days.
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:40 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 8:49 pm

Wade injures foot, return questionable

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Wade returned to the game in the fourth quarter.

Early in the Heat's game Wednesday against the Bobcats, Dwyane Wade injured his left foot and left the game. He didn't return to the team's bench after halftime, remaining in the locker room.

Officially, his return is listed as questionable.
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 8:41 pm

Eric Gordon out for Hornets vs. Celtics

By Matt Moore

Eric Gordon will miss the Hornets' second game of the season vs. the Boston Celtics as a precaustionary measure, according to WWL-TV in New Orleans.

Marco Belinelli will start for the Hornets instead vs. a Celtics team on a back-to-back after losing to the Heat Wednesday night. Gordon hit a game-winning shot against the Suns in the Hornets' opener after being traded to New Orleans along with Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu for Chris Paul.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:04 pm

Curry tweaks ankle again, could sit Knicks game

Posted by Royce Young

That right ankle is becoming something of a bother for Stephen Curry.

After leading the Warriors with 21 points and 10 assists in a big win over the Bulls, Curry left the game midway through the fourth after tweaking his surgically repaired right ankle a second time in a week. He played Christmas Day after rolling it in Golden State's last preseason game, but probably won't be able to play against the Knicks Wednesday night.

It's frustrating for Curry that this ankle continues to be a problem. The roll Monday night looked to be very minor, but just that slight tweak was enough. More than likely the repaired ligaments are way tight so anything stretching them is painful. It might be best for Curry to just give it a little rest.

CSN Bay Area though reported after the game that Curry said he thought he could come back in the game, but coach Mark Jackson advised against it. Officially, Curry is listed as day to day.
Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:02 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 3:03 pm

Battier questionable, Curry out against Dallas

Posted by Royce Young

The Heat will already be without center Eddy Curry for Sunday's opener in Dallas. OK, so that's not such a big deal, but Miami might be missing their big offseason signing as well.

Via Heat Index
, Shane Battier is questionable for Sunday's game because of a strained left thigh. Battier hasn't practiced much since signing with Miami, but did go through a 45-minute workout on Thursday and a conditioning session on Friday. The problem is, Battier told reporters he's yet to really test the leg out though.

"How about a strong maybe?" Battier told reporters when asked about his status. "I'm going to try to practice tomorrow and see how it goes. It's progressing well. But with an injury like this, you don't really know where you are until you're in the heat of battle and you have to react and change directions, cut hard and stop hard. You can't simulate that in shooting drills on the side."

Obviously no huge rush for Miami as the player in front of Battier, LeBron James, can probably kind of handle things on his own. Battier was more of a depth addition to help defend other premier scorers for stretches and give LeBron a break. And there's even the potential for Erik Spoelstra to get creative, moving LeBron to defend point guards, Dwyane Wade on the 2 and Battier defending the wing. Which is going to be awesome.

Curry on the other hand is out because of a strained hip flexor he suffered early in training camp. Curry is on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, but he's expected to make the final 15-man roster.

Battier wants to be 100 percent before joining his new team on the court, especially with the crammed 66-game season. There's no room for an injury to nag a player for an extended time.
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