NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Injury Buzz Around the League

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 25, 2012

December 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) warms up before the game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The amount of injuries that players experience from start to finish during an NBA season just goes to show you that the 82-game campaign is a marathon, not a sprint.

And a third of the way into the spring, injuries have already begun to rearrange the balance of power in the NBA. Steve Nash's injured leg was partly responsible for the Los Angeles Lakers' slow start this season. His return from injury could mark the turning point in L.A.'s season, though.

But Nash's case is not unique.

Here we'll analyze some of the latest injury buzz around the NBA.


Roy Hibbert Being Held Back by a Bum Wrist

Indiana Pacers big man, Roy Hibbert has been experiencing a slump as of late, and Pacers fans may finally have an answer as to why. 

According to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells, Hibbert injured his right wrist, which has limited him offensively. These are Hibbert's words via Wells:

I haven't had any power in my right wrist, so my hand has been basically a stub. It doesn't hurt. It just has weakness. Things were just out of whack. I was getting the shots I wanted with my right hand, but a few would go completely off track. So my touch was basically gone. That's why I was shooting more shots with my left hand in the post.

Apparently the wrist has been banged up since Hibbert fell on it against the Miami Heat in the playoffs last season. But the 7'2" center will have no choice but to adjust to his bum right wrist. 

Hibbert is shooting a career-worst 40 percent from the field and 64.5 percent from the foul line this season. If he's going to continue to play through some of the awkward sensations in his wrist, he must find a way to adapt in order to become less of a liability to Indiana and more of an asset.


No Certain Return Date for Hedo Turkoglu

Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu suffered a broken left hand in the team's season opener on Nov. 2, but has been rehabbing for over six weeks now and looks to be nearing a return to the floor. 

This from the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins:

Vaughn would not say when he expects Turkoglu to return to game action. But Turkoglu ostensibly will need at least one practice before he plays in a game, and so far, he hasn't practiced yet with his teammates.

Turkoglu has played just 17 total minutes this season, but would be a welcomed sight for the Magic, who are just 12-15 through 27 games this season. The Turkish star brings an outside shooting presence to the floor for Orlando, as well as a solid pick and roll player.

Orlando will need to be at full strength in order to steal a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this coming spring, and that will require bringing Turkoglu back once he's 100 percent. Even though the Magic are below .500, rushing him back would prove more costly than beneficial in my eyes. 


Utah Jazz Set to Miss Mo Williams 

Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams is out indefinitely after an MRI on his right thumb revealed damage.

Head coach Tyrone Corbin had the following to say about Williams' status (via

Mo is the guy that drives the pace for us. We're going to miss him, we'll see how long this thing is, we don't know yet until he gets looked at by Dr. Mason when we get back, but hopefully it's shorter than longer.

Williams is averaging 12.9 points and 6.7 assists for the Jazz this season, and has been hitting more than 37 percent of his three-point shots. There's no denying that Utah will miss Williams' production until he can return, but they are still all right for the time being. They are in the No. 9 spot out west and in good position as of right now. 

It remains to be seen how much time Williams will be sidelined for obviously, but he said he felt numbness in the finger following the injury, which could potentially mean lots of missed time, especially if it turns to be anything like the torn ligament in his hand he suffered back in 2008.

Don't be surprised if the Jazz begin to come unraveled with Williams out, however. His contribution extends well beyond his production.


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