Week 10 Weekend NBA Injury Report: How The Mighty Fall

Chris Paul, NBA Injury Report

Dec 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) drives to the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Corey Brewer (13) during the game at Staples Center. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

With the new year one can only hope that the remaining part of the season is less injury-ridden than it’s been up to this point. As fate would have it, that optimistic thinking wasn’t enough to keep one of the game’s certified superstars, Chris Paul, from taking a nasty tumble that might cost him three-to-five weeks.

Just when it seemed that it couldn’t get any worse Ryan Anderson crashed into Boston’s Gerald Wallace in a crowd-silencing play that looked far more serious than it fortunately turned out. Let’s all be careful out there.

Chris Paul (shoulder) – The prognosis is three-to five weeks but could turn out to be more depending what doctors find in Paul’s MRI. For now, stash Paul until further notice.

Ryan Anderson (cervical stinger) – One of New Orleans’ primary weapons, Anderson remains one of the league’s best three-point threats which made his gasp-inducing collision on Friday that much harder to swallow for fantasy owners. He remains day-to-day with the possibility he returns later in the week.

Dwyane Wade (back spasms) – Father Time is really doing a number on D-Wade who misses about a game a week now with various ailments. Considered an easy win even without him, he’s likely out against the Magic tonight.

Nikola Vucevic (ankle) – The big man has battled ankle issues throughout the season so there’s a high chance he rests tonight’s game against Miami to avoid further aggravation of his sore ankle. Game-time call, for now.

Eric Bledsoe (knee) – The Suns’ track record without Bledsoe in the lineup isn’t promising (3-4) but they’ll have to make do without the mini LeBron for at least a week. The combo guard is nursing a sprained knee.

Carlos Boozer (knee) – The power forward has been perhaps the healthiest Bull which isn’t saying much considering how often they bite the dust. For the moment, however, he remains a game-time decision today with a bum knee.

Rodney Stuckey (shoulder) – A quality scorer off the bench, Stuckey still looks to be a handful of days away from a return as he didn’t participate in contact practice. It’s fairly certain he misses Sunday’s play against Memphis.

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