Hey, injuries? Give us a break, please. No, wait, that's not what I meant! (Aww, crud.)
One week after we lost Derrick Rose for the season, Marc Gasol for a month or two, and possible mole Andre Iguodala for (maybe) just a bit, NBA fans once again watched a trio of important players go down this weekend, as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick and Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce all succumbed to injury. While Rose, Gasol and Iguodala each suffered leg injuries, though, all three of this past weekend's wounded wound up on the shelf with broken bones in their hands. Their estimated downtimes range from two weeks to two months, and perhaps beyond, and while we don't know exactly when they'll be back in the lineup, it seems a safe bet that their respective teams will feel the effects of being without their talents for the foreseeable future.
Hit the links below for more coverage and analysis of the effects of each injury:
• Pelicans’ Anthony Davis out indefinitely with non-displaced fracture in his right hand: "[...] with the Pelicans staring down an upcoming slate featuring eight current playoff teams and the Memphis Grizzlies over the next nine games, this isn't exactly an opportune time for New Orleans to be without its best player."
• Clippers’ J.J. Redick out 6 to 8 weeks after bone fracture in right hand, ligament tear in right elbow: "While the Clippers are fairly well positioned to handle an injury at the two thanks to the presence of electric reserve Jamal Crawford and veteran backup Willie Green, the loss of Redick figures to have major repercussions on the Clippers' lineups and rotations."
• Brooklyn Nets’ Paul Pierce out 2 to 4 weeks with fractured bone in right hand: "On one hand (sorry again), the Nets won't miss much in missing the version of Pierce they've gotten thus far this season. [...] On the other, though, the Nets will have to replace those substandard minutes, and they don't have particularly attractive options with which to do so."
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