Week 12 NBA Injury Report: Durable Durant

Kevin Durant

Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard Jeremy Lamb (11) attempt to rebound the ball during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Thunder won 105-93. Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA injury report been mighty spiteful of late. Instead of taking the Donald Sloans of the world from us, they’ve been committed to robbing us of the oncourt brilliance of Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Jrue Holiday, and seemingly everyone else worthy of making the All-Star team.

On Saturday, they almost took Kevin Durant from us. But he ultimately proved to be rather durable.

Kevin Durant (wrist) – A nasty Durant fall Saturday had the basketball world cursing at their TVs/tablets/computer monitors/Google Glass. Though KD survived the fall to earth, he left the arena with a wrist brace. He shouldn’t miss any playing time however. Check on him intermittently.

Marc Gasol (knee) – Today marks Marc’s first full practice in months. Fantasy owners rejoice. It’s now just a matter of days.

Eric Bledsoe (knee) – Though it’s been widely confirmed to many sad hearts that Bledsoe will be out indefinitely for the foreseeable future, a recent development has been reported. Initially, it was claimed that he had his entire right knee meniscus removed which could come back to haunt him later in his career. It has since been announced that only a part of the meniscus was scrapped which is good news for Bledsoe’s long-term health.

Kemba Walker (hand) – X-rays on Walker’s left hand proved negative which allowed the point guard to step in for the rest of Saturday’s game. Because he played he’s highly probable for tomorrow’s showing.

Deron Williams (ankle) – London isn’t in the point guard’s cards as Williams won’t travel with the team on their Old World trip. Which goes to show that D-Will remains a very risky 2014 asset.

Tobias Harris (ankle) – Harris’ streaky play apparently can be partially attributed to ankle pain. The young could-be star recently shared that he’ll likely deal with ankle pain, from a severe sprain he experienced early in the year, for the rest of the season. If your lineup can’t take another loss to injury perhaps it’s time to sell Harris to the highest bidder.

Manu Ginobili (hamstring) – The Spurs have made basketball a thing of clockwork. With Manu they win, without Manu they win. The Argentine missed Sunday’s pounding of the Wolves and could be expected to miss today’s run-in with the Pelicans since they can survive without their backup facilitator.

Jimmy Butler (quadriceps) – With a depleted roster the Bulls can’t risk losing Butler with serious injury. So, in all likelihood, he might miss another game or two as he recovers from his most recent hangup.

Danny Green (finger) – A sprained finger shouldn’t keep Green from taking to tonight’s game as he’ll be one of the many to make up for Ginobili’s likely absence.

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Bogar Alonso is a dedicated student of the hardwood, soccer pitch, boxing ring, and tennis court. He is a regular NBA contributor to XN Sports. His work, involving more than just sports, has appeared on The Creators Project, A&E Networks, XXL Magazine, and others. Follow Bogar on Twitter @blacktiles
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