The Clippers muddled through several games without Chris Paul, losing many, but generally keeping close, like in yesterday’s two point loss at Boston. However, with Blake Griffin now also hurt, they were no match for the Wizards in Washington, and lost which should have been an easy victory, by eight, even despite the Wizards themselves without rookie scorer Bradley Beal. Of course, they just got John Wall into the lineup after he had missed the season’s first 32 games. And don’t forget the Clippers are without Chauncey Billups.
But virtually every other team has either numerous injuries, key injuries, or both, as the All-Star break approaches. In fact, the NBA injury list now reads like a whose who of basketball, if not a Hall of Fame roster.
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|The team in the worst state is not a contender, but you have to feel for Orlando, who scored all of 61 points tonight against Philadelphia, while Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Glen Davis, DeQuan Jones, and Al Harrington all were out of action. Of course the 76ers have their own injury catastrophe with Andrew Bynum yet to touch the court this season. Plus, they lost their leading rebounder Thaddeus Young to a strained left hamstring early in tonight’s game, and Jason Richardson has missed the last half dozen games.
The Celtics managed their win against the
Clippers despite recently losing both Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger for the season.
The Bulls are also hight on the list of damaged teams, with recent injuries to Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, and Kirk Hinrich, and of course Derrick Rose is yet to see action this season following his major knee injury last year. In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki is hurt again after having missed the season’s first 27 games. Chris Kaman also began the season on the injured list and is again out.
Minnesota put together a fine, talented young roster, but it is now in shambles, with injuries to Kevin Love (his THIRD of the season), Malcolm Lee, Brandon Roy, and Chase Budinger.
In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili has been in and out of the lineup and is now injured again, and Tim Duncan returned after missing four games with a sore knee only to play 13 minutes before re-injuring his knee and an ankle, and is now day-to-day.
And we shall not forget the Lakers, who are again without the on-court presence of Deee-Wight Howard. The also lost Jordan Hill for the season at this time last month.
Other notable players currently out with injuries, some serious, some more nagging, include Lou Williams, Deron Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anderson Varejao, JaVale McGee, Carlos Delfino, Danny Granger, Marcus Camby, Channing Frye, Andrea Bargnani, Gordon Hayward, and Mo Williams.
Anyone left out there to play?