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BBNBA: Injury bug destroying everything in its path

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

John Wall is expected to miss up to two months after he undergoes knee surgery. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Recap

The injuries are beginning to stack up. Not just throughout the entire NBA, but former Kentucky players have been feeling the battle of the strenuous regular season. We all know about DeMarcus Cousins’ unfortunate injury, but now things are just getting out of hand. Earlier Tuesday morning, it was reported by ESPN that Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall will miss up to two months to undergo knee surgery to help resolve an issue that he’s been dealing with all season. The Wizards are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, but the loss of their best player for an important two months could leave their playoff hopes looking dim.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker missed his most recent game with a rib injury, however, the X-ray results came back negative. Booker is considered questionable for the Suns’ next game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe played only two minutes of action on Monday after an ankle injury kept him from continuing. He has been dealing with the injury since last week and there is currently no information on if he will play in the Bucks next game on Thursday.

Now for some good news.

James Young is back in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers. He signed a two-way contract with the Sixers earlier this month and played his most minutes of the season on Monday with 19. He totaled five points, one rebound, and two assists.

Tyler Ulis had one of his best games of this season, scoring 13 points while dishing out seven assists and recording a season-high five steals.

Trey Lyles and Jamal Murray both scored in double-figures once again for the Denver Nuggets while Karl-Anthony Towns recorded another double-double in the Minnesota Timberwolves loss. Murray was clutch in the Nuggets efforts to take out the Boston Celtics but came up just short as the Celtics won 111-110.

Check out the rest of the stats below.

Stats

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Trey Lyles (DEN)110-111 L vs. BOS207-10 (4-7)73011-1426
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)100-105 L @ ATL156-8 (1-2)133213-232
Jamal Murray (DEN)110-111 L vs. BOS145-11 (1-5)48102+838
Tyler Ulis (PHX)109-120 L @ MEM136-13 (1-3)17503-731
Andrew Harrison (MEM)120-109 W vs. PHX115-10 (1-2)56022-429
Michael-Kidd Gilchrist (CHA)96-105 L @ IND63-4 (0-0)41101-323
James Young (PHI)95-107 L @ MIL52-3 (1-2)12000-619
Bam Adebayo (MIA)95-88 W @ DAL21-3 (0-0)54112019
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)107-95 W vs. PHI21-1 (0-0)01000-42
Devin Booker (PHX)109-120 L @ MEMDNP-Rib Contusion----------------
Nerlens Noel (DAL)88-95 L vs. MIADNP-Thumb----------------
Alex Poythress (IND)105-96 W vs. CHADNP-CD----------------
Malik Monk (CHA)96-105 L @ INDDNP-CD----------------

Highlights


Tonight in the NBA

7:00: Thunder (Patterson, Johnson) @ Wizards (Meeks)

7:30: Nets @ Knicks (Kanter)

7:30: Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) @ Raptors

8:00 (TNT): Cavaliers @ Pistons

8:00: Magic @ Rockets

8:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Rondo, Liggins)

8:30: Nuggets (Murray, Lyles) @ Spurs

9:00: Warriors @ Jazz

10:30 (TNT): Trail Blazers @ Clippers

Player Game to watch

Tonight’s game to watch has to be the Sacramento Kings taking on the New Orleans Pelicans. Even without DeMarcus Cousins (which I’m still crying over), there will be seven former Wildcats on the combined rosters. The Pelicans dropped their first game without Cousins, losing a close one to the Los Angeles Clippers, but should still have optimism going forward. A win over the worst team in the league would at least get them their first win post-Boogie injury and still have them in a favorable position in the standings. But the real reason to watch has already been stated. There are SEVEN former Kentucky players in this game, and it should be eight.

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

2 Comments for BBNBA: Injury bug destroying everything in its path



  1. Angelo
    1:45 pm January 30, 2018 Permalink

    Damn the anabolic steroids! Stronger muscles, weaker ligaments/tendons since the 70’s.



  2. UK_Finchy
    2:57 pm January 30, 2018 Permalink

    *its