The Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers are just three championship contenders who are struggling to adapt to injuries this November.
We are just two-and-a-half weeks into the 2012-13 regular season and already a handful of notable names are in the process of rehabbing injuries. From Steve Nash and Danny Granger to Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Love, no team has or will be immune to suffering setbacks this season.
Here's the latest buzz surrounding some of the league's stars and when fans can expect them to be back in action.
Will Steve Nash Return Before December?
It seems that every Friday The Orange County Register reports that Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will miss another week.
The Register's Janis Carr reported on Friday that Nash will be out at least another week while he recovers from a minor fracture in his left fibula.
Nash went down with the injury in L.A.'s second regular-season game at Portland on Halloween night. The Lakers are 4-3 without Nash, but are also without backup point guard Steve Blake, who is out with a strained abdominal according to Carr.
Darius Morris and Chris Duhon have been playing point guard in the absence of Nash and Blake.
Assuming new head coach Mike D'Antoni will need Nash to implement his new system this fall, I project we'll see the two-time MVP back on the floor by November 27, when L.A. is set to host the Indiana Pacers.
Andrew Bynum's January Return in Jeopardy?
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum has yet to play a game for his new team, and now it seems his much-anticipated January return is in jeopardy.
Bynum described a setback to The Philadelphia Inquirer's John N. Mitchell:
I had a little bit of a setback and we're just working through some issues with the right knee. I kind of have a mirror thing going on with my left knee. I don't know what's going on, but the doctors are saying pretty much that it's a weakened cartilage state.
The 25-year-old's knees have given him plenty of problems over the years, and now it seems that his January return is in question. Until we learn more about Bynum's recent setback and how serious it really is, though, we can only project that he'll make his Philly debut in early 2013.
Kawhi Leonard Out Until December?
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will miss an estimated eight games because of knee tendinitis according to the San Antonio Express-News' Mike Monroe.
The Spurs are off to a hot 7-2 start this season, but likely won't have Leonard back until December, considering San Antonio only has seven games left to play this month and will head off on a six-game road trip that begins Wednesday night in Boston.
Leonard was averaging 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Spurs before being pulled out of the rotation because of his left knee issues. As San Antonio's fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, Leonard has a huge role with the Spurs and will be missed over the next couple of weeks, especially on the glass.
Fans can expect to see Leonard back on the court by December 1 when San Antonio hosts the Memphis Grizzlies.
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