Injury List Is Filling Up Fast

VIDEO: Marc Gasol leaves game vs. Spurs with knee injury

Everybody knows about the Monday morning blues.

But how about Friday night despair?

Derrick Rose goes down in Portland. Marc Gasol limps off in Memphis. Andre Iguodala feels a “pop” in his hamstring.

It was a painful start to the weekend for at least three contenders in the first month of a season that is already keeping the MRI machines working overtime and coaches and general managers reaching for the aspirin bottle.

Here’s a rundown of the biggest names currently on the injury list:

Derrick Rose, Bulls — Had to be helped off the floor when his right knee buckled while making a back cut Friday night in Portland. Prognosis: Results of MRI pending.

Marc Gasol, Grizzlies — The All-Star center and 2013 Defensive Player of the Year left Friday night’s loss at home to the Spurs with 10:24 left in the second quarter with an injury to his left knee. “Without him, we become a makeshift team,” said Tony Allen. Prognosis: Results of MRI pending.

Andre Iguodala, Warriors — The free agent signing who jumped Golden State from interesting team and tough matchup to true championship contender in the West, was sprinting down court in transition defense when he pulled up holding his left hamstring. Prognosis: Officially called a “strain,” Iguodala will have an MRI performed today.

Stephen Curry, Warriors — It was labeled a “mild concussion” when the sharp-shooting guard had his head bounced off the court in a scramble for the ball with Utah’s Marvin Williams, but he has now missed two straight games. Prognosis: Curry is a game-time decision at home tonight against the Trail Blazers (10:30 ET, League Pass).

Kobe Bryant, Lakers — The most famous Achilles’ tendon since, well, Achilles, has had the Black Mamba on the shelf since April, when any hope of the Lakers as a dark horse contender in the 2013 playoffs went up in smoke. Prognosis: He’s back on the court in practice, looking good, according to teammates. Bryant is proceeding cautiously, but now looks like a good bet to beat the consensus pick of Christmas Day for his return to the Lakers lineup.

Tyson Chandler, Knicks — The Knicks center and second-most important player on the roster behind Carmelo Anthony has been sidelined since suffering a broken right fibula in a game at Madison Square Garden against Charlotte on Nov. 5. The Knicks are 2-6 without him in the lineup. Prognosis: The 2012 Defensive Player of the year did not suffer nerve or ligament damage in his leg and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Dwyane Wade, Heat — The All-Star guard has been battling balky knees all season. He’s missed three of Miami’s first dozen games, including the last two against Atlanta and at Orlando. Prognosis: Averaging 16.7 points in 33.2 minutes per game,Wade is expected to return at home tonight against the Magic (7:30 ET, League Pass).

Steve Nash, Lakers — Recurring nerve problems in his back have had the 39-year-old point guard out of the lineup since Nov. 10. Since that time, the former two-time MVP has had to push back at reports that he is considering retirement. Prognosis: Reports out of L.A. say Nash will sit for at least four more games, not returning before December at the earliest.

Deron Williams, Nets — He’s played in just two of the Nets’ last five games, leaving both early after re-injuring a bothersome left ankle. Wednesday night against Charlotte he played 13 minutes, making just 1 of 5 shots. He is having the worst season of his nine-year NBA career, averaging 9.3 points and shooting 40.5 percent. Prognosis: Williams sat out Friday night’s loss at Minnesota and is questionable for Sunday at home vs. the Pistons.

Brook Lopez, Nets — The Brooklyn center sprained his left ankle on Nov. 15 at Phoenix and has missed the last four games, all losses for the Nets. Prognosis: It has not yet been determined whether Lopez will be able to play Sunday night against the Pistons.

Andrei Kirilenko, Nets — The free agent forward signee has missed seven consecutive games with back spasms. The New York Daily News reported that he recently received an epidural injection. Prognosis: Kirilenko hopes to be cleared to return to contact and take part in practice starting on Monday.


  1. Buriedbones says:

    I think the season length is just about right. Sometimes I think it’s too long. However I can’t feel sorry for some of these players getting injured as this is what they are paid for and we very well might i add. These guys make millions and they get great medical care with their respective organizations. I get injured I’m intercoursed.

  2. Marco29 says:

    Injuries can happen any time in any given game but the more they play in a short time, the more the players are exposed to injuries. 82 games in 5 1/2 months is too much and not needed, except for the $$$$. There is no logic behind the 82 games, except history and the need to compare teams and players through the decades.
    League should reflect on the number of games or the duration of the season, avoiding B2B and heavy schedules.
    As stated before, you don’t need 82 games to determine the best teams and having less games would make each game count more for th PO qualification.
    Anyway, I wish all the best to injured players and hope to see them back soon.

  3. laforlife says:

    i also think that the nba should not have international games because it tires the players out and they also have to fight jet lag

  4. Astrogildo says:

    Forget about Rondo? What about Javale Mcgee???

  5. Mr Smith says:

    All these theories are valid. Not one or the other is single cause of injuries. Another idea pertains to the way the game is played and how much stronger and tougher players are in modern basketball.

    There is a lot more “jerky” motions. If you look at Derricks game, and others like him, he changes direction very quickly and with such force. The “cross over” has become such a key part of today’s game. And as defenders become more in-tuned with how to defend this, the offensive player has to increase his speed, force and multiple directional change before he can free hiimself.

    Secondly, with players getting bigger, longer, faster, and stronger – the game has become even tougher. Even with modern medicine and training, the body hasn’t evolved quickly enough to deal with this type of combat.

    Lastly, there is a lot of talk and even has become the mantra that players should “work hard” and be the first guy in and last guy out of the gym. Dedicate themselves to their craft. Although positive message, it’s also contributing to over-training and lack of rest. Guys are working out harder, playing FIBA, Olympics, being more active during ‘rest time’ –

    Again, all great theories mentioned by others previously. Holistically, this game has become more exciting, faster, higher, stronger, players are being paid handsomely — but at a cost.

  6. Celtic533 says:

    Why is Rondo never mentioned in these discussions!hes an elite NBA player

  7. cbulls13 says:

    Also Butler’s injury is tough for the Bulls, losing potential All-NBA defender would hurt any team.

  8. J says:

    Good to know this stuff.

  9. Payl says:

    We are 15 games into the season and everyone is blaming the 82 game season.

  10. Edgars says:

    League have to look in to it. 82 games is way too much, not only for athletes, but supporters too.
    How many superstars had their careers ended or severely crippled by injuries? They work too hard.
    Cut down the amount of games- everyone will be a winner, except maybe for ones who only care about profit. Players will be properly rested and wont get hurt so much, quality of game will be better too as they wont be as tired and less games makes them more important.
    Supporters will be winners too. As it is, its very difficult for average fan to find time to watch every game- there is so many- even on TV.
    There is simply too many games and everyone loose- players and fans. NBA should start care about players and fans more than profit.

  11. Henry says:

    Larry Sanders?

  12. Lakers Fan says:

    82 games per season is normal, but the schedule should be spread evenly, avoiding back to back games should help. Come playoffs time, 1st and 2nd rounds should be best of 5, then best of 7 for conference finals and finals itself. I know the more games = $$$$ as NBA’s a business, but they should also take good care of their players.


    JORDAN played 82games all through out in their time….

  14. ufoul says:

    for nicolas, 82 games in a season is traditionnal, and the previous generations were not injured like that.
    people like you who are ready to butcher the nba soul are very dangerous and direspectful of the league.
    why not make 7 minutes quarters to make them rest more ? why not changing the rim size, make it biiiig to help players to score ?
    maybe players has to train better (more smartly), or less, or maybe what the new generations food are poisons, slowly took since the baby time.
    so a message to guys like you nicolas : don’t touch my nba

    • Gerald D. says:

      YOu cant deny the fact that the more games u play, the higher are ones chances of injuring themselves.. so having 82 games DOES have some sort of impact to the amount of injuries.. and Nicolas is right. you dont NEED 82 games to determine who the best teams are. We are like one of the few professional sports who have 82 games in a season. why not make it 72 games? or 65 games? or maybe increase the season duration to space out games? You dont know how much strain they put their bodies in playing back to back, unless YOU actually have played in one of those type of games. You dont know what it feels like. by the looks of it, you expect players to be 100% everyday. and their bodies fresh. very unreasonable.

  15. Eric says:

    It looks like everyone forgets Rondo… Anyway, he will come back soon and surprise the league!!!

  16. Pay says:

    I’m against PED’s but let’s try HED’s (health enhancing drugs), let the docs figure that one out.

  17. chris says:

    82 games is the reason

    • lakersfan4life says:

      82 games is the reason??? I don’t think that’s the reason, their is only 14 games already and injuries are already happening, Some get injure in Pre-season, lets not blame the 82 games.

      • ron52nge says:

        82games is not the REASON, it has been done through the years.
        Look at Sun Antonio Spurs, they play the way they play (THEY Play the Basics) and always get to the playoffs.

        Injury is a part of Basketball, but sometimes it’s a result of too much training as well.

  18. Nicolas says:

    I’ll blame the schedule… 82 games in a regular season is really stupid. Do the NBA really thinks that they need so many games in order to know which team is the best during the year?

    Look at what happens right now, look at the B2B, at the three games in four nights, at the four games in five nights and the five games in seven nights!!! Of course, the NBA will complain about the coaches like Pop & co who rest their players in order to keep them healthy. But up there, the executives only care about $$$$.

    • True Smith says:

      People need to understand. Injury’s happen because of one of two reasons. First reason is when place wrong time , like stepping on someone foot , or banging knee’s with someone. Second is playing way too hard . these players need to understand the season just started no need to play balls to the wall driving for loose balls and ect. Slow down pace yourself you got 82 games to make the playoffs. no one in mid season form. this is the biggest reason why a lot of injury’s are happen.

      • Gerald D. says:

        YOu cant deny the fact that the more games u play, the higher are ones chances of injuring themselves.. so having 82 games DOES have some sort of impact to the amount of injuries.. and Nicolas is right. you dont NEED 82 games to determine who the best teams are. why not make it 72 games? or 65 games? or maybe increase the season duration to space out games? You dont know how much strain they put their bodies in playing back to back, unless YOU actually have played in one of those type of games. You dont know what it feels like.

  19. mark says:

    Greg Smith may not be a big name, but he’s a big man whose injury affects the Rockets Rotation.